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"Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the Po8t-0£Kce at Mt. Morris, 111. 
as Hefiond CIrbb Matter. 



M. 26, Old Series. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 8, 1888. 



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THE aOSPEL MESSENaER. 

H. B. BRUMBADQH, Editor, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



The Philadelphia church is reported as being in a 
better condition than it has been for years. Interest 
good, and attendance increasing. 



Bro. W. J. SwiGART has returned from his Eastern 
trip, and expresses himself pleased with the kind at- 
tention received. He labored some in the Green Tree, 
Coventry and Philadelphia churches, and thinks that 
by judicious management these congregations have 
good prospects before them. 



With feelings of sadness we learned of the death of 
sister Mary A. Thrasher. For a while she was a mem- 
ber of our congregation, and always manifested quite a 
zeal for the Master's cause. As she had no home of 
her own in this world, the Lord graciously removed 
her to one provided for her in heaven. She was anx- 
iously awaiting the establishing of an Old Folks' Home 
in the church, but she now lias a better one — not made 
with hands, eternal in the heavens. 



We are informed of a mother who says: " Rather 
than not have my girls come into the church just right, 
' I would sooner have Ihem remain in the world." 
j Poor, foolish, deluded mother I These girls live in a 
city, and are said to be dangerously fast. How are 
children to get right, outside of the church or before 
they are born .' Tlie church is the place to raise chil- 
dren, and not outside. Such a course is as foolish as if 
we were to kick our children out of oiu- iiomes until 
they would get right, and then invile them home. 
We have no sane parent that would act so foolishly, 
and yet we have mothers, and fathers, too, who are 
acting exactly in this way in regard to the religious 
welfare of their children. Tliey want them to become 
Christians outside of the church. On account of tlie 
extreme exactions of these parents, not one of the chil- 
dren, though a number of them are grown, are mem- 
bers of the church. We don't wonder at it. A better 
religious influence than this will be necessary to induce 
children to come to Christ. An imperfect Christian is 
very much better than a good worldling. Let the 
children in, God wants them in. Even if they should 
cause a little trouble, they are perhaps as good as the 
average grown ones, who object to the younger ones 
because they do not have old heads on them. 



On account of Ihc beautiful weather we are having, 
■al mecliauics are biis)- enj;.i.ing hoLise?, a uiunber of 
vhich are already under roof, and will be finished 
I ight along. Others will be completed for spring oc- 
cupancy. We are having quite a boom in our staid 
old town, and, from present appearances, by next sum- 
mer we will have a large addition to our population. 
By the first of January we will have a free mail deliv- 
ery. If this will be followed by street cars we will 
have a city of no m.ean sort. 



THE NEW YEAR. 



Bro. p. F. Ccpp says that the home ministers of the 
Brother's Valley district. Pa , commenced a series of 
meetings on Dec. 3, and up to date of writing the 
meetings were being continued with encouraging suc- 
cess. Five have made the good choice, and others are 
anxiously concerned. Meetings should not, if possible 
to avoid it, be discontinued when a growing interest is 
manifest. God is pleased 10 have souls converted 
through the instrumentality of men and women. 
Hence the time to work is when a general interest is 
awakened. 

.Sister FR,\.\ciNr), of Hurricane, W. \'a., informs us 
of the death of her husband, who died on the i6th of 
1.1st April. Before his de.ith he had bought a small 
property, and had it all paid for but $175. She is now 
a widow with a large family to maintain, and says if 
this debt could be paid she thinks she could keep her 
family together. The payment will be due next March. 
She i.; isolated from the church, without any preach- 
ing, and in need. The church or churches nearest the 
place named should make inquiry in regard to this 
case, and see that she has the proper care. 



A L-\RGE number of our churches are now holding 
protracted meetings, and we hope to ha\e some good 
reports from them. It is generally thought if such 
meetings do not give any additions, they are failures. 
This may be true, but not necessarily so on account of 
no additions. These meetings are often a good thing 
for the membersliip, as it is as important that tho^e in 
the church be kept alive and active as it is to get oti#rs 
in. In many cases, if the same energy and labor were 
put forth to keep those in that we now have, as is ex- 
ercised to get others in, our expulsions would be less 
frequent than they now are. 



We are essentially creatures of change. It is going 
on in us, around us, and about us — every-where are the 
marks of change. By these things we recognize the 
passing of time and that our lives are ebbing away. 
D.iys, weeks and years would roll us along as a vision, 
were there nothing else to tell us that we are growing 
older. Circumstances remind us of it, and the years 
do our measuring. On this account we are especially 
impressed with the divisions of time, as they accumu- 
late upon us. It is the measuring that brings us to 
time and starts us to thinking. So it is w ell for us 
that we have these reminders, that we may not onl^' 
learn how frail we are, but also be kept in the line of 
duty, so that when the time for our final measurement 
comes, we may have something to measure that will 
be to our profit. 

As the old j-ear now closes, a profitable question for 
our consideration would be. For what have I been liv- 
ing.' Life without a purpose is not worth living. An- 
other year has been added to my life work. What has 
it been.' Let us examine — take a retrospective view — 
and measure it up, to see whether or not we have any- 
thing to our credit. Has it been a year of profit or loss.' 
If profit, how much — what kind.' Some of you, no 
doubt, have added to your bank account, to your mer- 
chandise, or to the number of acres ])ossessed. This is 
one kind of gain, but it may not be profit to you. It 
depends upon how we husband that wliich is given. 
If we have received it as from the Lord, and to be 
used either directly or indirectly for the promotion of 
his cause, it Avill be as profit to our account. If not, it 
will be loss, though it seems to be gain. This life, the 
whole of it, is preparatory in its character, and e\ery- 
thing we do ought to have reference to that for which 
\ye are preparing— our higliest good. This being the 
case, whatever we have gained will be to our profit. 

While many have gained financially, others have not. 
Notwithstanding their labor, toil and care, they have 
not succeeded in adding to their financial wealth. 
Some feel discouraged, and in their grief sav, " All 
these things have been against me." This may seem 
50, and, indeed, according to our way of thinking, it is 
strange that the labors of good men are not blessed 
wilti success, while b.id men aie in luck, an<l readily 
add to their \v9rldly possessions, How very short- 



sighted we are, and how slow to comprehend the truth 
as we have it set before us in the Scriptures, when that 
truth comes to us in a way that i> not congenial to our 
w.ay of thinking. The great secret to this whole mat- 
ter is to know assuredly that we are children of God. 
Then it is that all things work together f<,r good — as 
much and fully in our losses and crosses as in our suc- 
cesses. Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, not 
willingly, but for love's sake. As the loving mother 
keeps the dainty food from the dyspeptic child because 
she knows it would be harmful to it, so th-^ Lord keeps 
worldly success from his soul-dyspeptic children. 
Their spiritual stomachs are too weak to digest it. Pov- 
erty and afiliction save more souls than does wealth 
and health. Th.e Lord giveth his children, in every 
w.ny, only that which they can bear. If at this we 
grumble and murmur, then he may give us our wishes, 
but a leanness of soul will surely follow. 

By carefully measuring our works for the past year, 
we may come to a better understanding as lo our losses 
and gains, and thus be the better prepared to start out 
on the new year that is before us. This h.ns been an av- 
erage ye.ar,— nothing especially remarkable occurred, 
either for good or evil, ordinarily looking at it. As a 
nation, we have had a year of peace and plenty. It is 
true, we have had pur shipwrecks, railroad disasters, 
fires, floods and drouths, but these are common to the 
wf>rld and are essentiril for its w.?ll-beino-. ni)d we m r-d 
be neither .alarmed about them r,r afraid of their re- 
sults, if we are the Lord's. , 

As to the church, we have much to be giateful for. 
We h.ave been greatly blessed, and should feel much 
encouraged. Peace has reigned within our borders 
and success has followed our ministry. Many souls 
have been brought to a saving knowledge of the truth, 
considering the efforts put forth. We have been grow- 
ing in Christian liberality, and in grace, we hope. The 
amount given to charitable uses .and for missionary 
work is, we think, above that of former years, and the 
zeal in the missionary cause has shown an encouraging 
growth. 

As to our own work, wc have been greatly encour- 
aged. Whether deserved or not, we have received 
more consideration, more sympathy and more kind 
words than ever before. Indeed, we feel that we ha\e 
been the recipients of more praise ar,d less censure 
than we deserved. For this Christian courtesy we an- 
trying to be grateful, and hope it m.ay be the 
means of more determinedly than ever adhering to the 
truth as it is in Christ Jesus, and carrying out our con- 
victions of right, independent of fear or favor. And ^^e 
hope this we will all do'. There is not much room for 
policy in church work. If doing the right will not 
make us friends, we .ire better oft without them. In 
all of our editorials we have tried to have but one ob- 
ject in view,— the elevation of the Christian standard 
of the church by right doing, and the promotion of the 
cause, for the salvation of sinners and the glory of God. 
In starting out in the new year we b.aN-e the same 
purpose in view. And, by the help of our co-laborers 
and many contributors, we hope to give to the church 
that which will be interesting, cdifving and evangelical 
in all of its issues. 

To those who have >o nobly worked for us, both in 
contributing and soliciting subscribers, we extend our 
hearty thanks, as through your efforts much of our 
success is attained. The greatest inducement we 
have to offer you foi- a continuance of ^our work is, 
that by so doing you are doing a good work in labor- 
ing for the Master. And now, to patron, contributor 
and frii^nd, we wisli a happy and pros]>crous New "\'ear. 
Be iaiihful, trust in God, commit your all to him, and 
whether you live or whether you die, all will be well. 



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'Set for the Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the Poet-Office at Mt. Morris, 111. 
as Second Class Matter. 



V^l. 26, Old Series. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 3, 1888. 



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THE CIOSPEL MESSENaER. 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editor, 

And Bueineas Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50. 

Hnntinsdon, Pa. 



The Philadelphia church is reported as being in a 
better condition than it has been for years. Interest 
good, and attendance increasing. 



Bro. W. J. SwiGART has returned from his Eastern 
trip, and expresses himself pleased with the kind at- 
tention received. He labored some in the Green Tree, 
Coventry and Philadelphia churches, and thinks that 
by judicious management these congregations have 
good prospects before them. 



With feelings of sadness we learned of the death of 
sister Mary A. Thrasher. For a while she was a mem- 
ber of our congregation, and always manifested quite a 
zeal for the Master's cause. As she had no home of 
lier own in this world, the Lord graciously removed 
her to one provided for her in heaven. She was anx- 
iously awaiting the establishing of an Old Folks' Home 
in the church, but she now has a better one — not made 
with hands, eternal in the heavens. 



We are informed of a mother who s.iys: " Rather 
than not have my girls come into the church just right, 
I would soonei- liave them remain in the world." 
Poor, foolish, deluded mother 1 These girls live in a 
cit}', and are said to be dangerously fast. How are 
children to get right, outside of the church or before 
they are born .' The church is the place to raise chil- 
dren, and not outside. Such a course is as foolish as if 
we were to kick our children out of our homes until 
they would get right, and then invite them home. 
We have no sane parent that would act so foolishly, 
and yet we have mothers, and fathers, too, who are 
acting exactly in this way in regard to the religious 
welfare of their children. They want them to become 
Christians outside of the church. On account of the 
extreme exactions of these parents, not one of the chil- 
dren, though a nuinber of them are grown, are mem- 
bers of the church. We don't wonder at it. A better 
religious influence than this will be necessary to induce 
children to come to Christ. An imperfect C'hristian is 
very much better than a good worldling. Let the 
children in, God wants them in. Even if they should 
cause a little trouble, they are perhaps as good as the 
average grown ones, who object to the younger ones 
because thev do not have old heads on them. 



On account of ;he beautiful weather we are !iaving, 
■Lit ineclianics are "ous) eici.^iiig !lou»e^, u iia.iii.cr of 
vhich are already under roof, and will be finished 
i ight along. Others will be completed for spring oc- 
cupancy. We are having quite a boom in our staid 
old town, and, from present appearances, by next sum- 
mer we will have a large addition to our population. 
By the first of January we will have a free mail deliv- 
ery. If this will be followed by street cars we will 
have a city of no mean sort. 



THE NEW YEAR. 



Bro. p. F. Cl'PP says that the home ministers of the 
Brother's Valley district. Pa , commenced a series of 
meetings on Dec. 3, and up to date of writing the 
meetings were Ijeing continued with encouraging suc- 
cess. Five have made the good choice, and others are 
anxiously concerned. Meetings should not, if possible 
to avoid it, be discontinued when a growing interest is 
manifest. God is pleased 10 liave souls converted 
through the instrumentality of men and women. 
Hence the time to work is when a general interest is 
awakened. 



-Sister Fra.vcind, of Hurricane, W. \'a., informs us 
of the death of her husband, who died on the i6th of 
last April. Before his death he had bought a small 
property, and had it all paid for but $175. She is now 
a widow with a large family to maintain, and says if 
this debt could be paid she thinks she could keep her 
family together. The payment will be due next March. 
She is isolated from the church, without any preach- 
ing, and in need. The church or churches nearest the 
place named should make inquiry in regard to this 
case, and see that she has the proper care. 



A LARGE number of our churches are now liolding 
protracted meetings,, and we Iiope to ha\e some good 
reports from. them. It is generally thought if such 
meetings do not give any additions, they are failures. 
This may be true, but not necessarily so on account of 
no additions. These meetings are often a good thing 
for the membership, as it is as important that those in 
the church be kept alive and active as it is to get otl#rs 
in. In many cases, if the same energy and labor were 
put forth to keep those in that we now have, as is ex- 
ercised to get others in, oui- expulsions would be less 
frequent than they now are. 



We are essentially creature-s of change. It is going 
on in us, around us, and about us — every-where are the 
marks of change. By these things we recognize the 
passing of time and that our lives are ebbing away. 
Days, weeks and years would roll us along as a vision, 
were there nothing else to tell us that wo are growing 
older. Circumstances remind us of it, and the years 
do our measuring. On this account we are especially 
impressed with the divisions of time, as they accumu- 
late upon us. It is the measuring that brings us to 
time and starts us to thinking. So it is w ell for us 
that we have these reminders, that we may not only 
learn how frail we are, but also be kept in the line of 
duty, so that when the time for our final measurement 
comes, we may have something to measure that will 
be to our profit. 

As the old j'ear now closes, a profitable question for 
our consideration would be, For what liave I been liv- 
ing.' Life without a purpose is not worth living. An- 
other year has been added to my life work. What lias 
it been.' Let us examine — take a retrospective view — 
and measure it up, to see whether or not we have any- 
thing to our credit. lias it been a year of profit or loss.' 
If profit, Iiow mucli — what kind.' Some of you, no 
doubt, have added to your bank account, to your mer- 
chandise, or to the number of acres ])ossessed. This is 
one kind of gain, but it may not be profit to vou. It 
depends upon how we husband that which is given. 
If we have received it as from the Lord, and to be 
used either directly or indirectly for the promotion of 
his cause, it Avill be as profit to our account. If not, it 
will be loss, though it seems to be gain. This life, the 
whole of it, is preparator}- in its character, and eveiy- 
thing we do ought to have reference to tliat for which 
we are preparing— our higliest good. This being the 
case, whatever we have gained will be to our profit. 

While many have gained financially, others have not. 
Notwithstanding their labor, toil and care, thev have 
not succeeded in adding to their financial wealth. 
Some feel discouraged, and in their grief sav, " All 
these things have been against me." This mav seem 
So, and, indeed, according to our way of thinking, it is 
strange that the labors of good men are not blessed 
wiiti success, while b.iJ men are in luck, an.l readily 
add to their wprldly possessions, How very short- 



sighted we are, and how slow to comprehend the truth 
as wo have it set before us in the Scriptures, when that 
truth comes to us in a way that is not congenial to our 
w.ay of thinking. The great secret to this whole mat- 
ter is to know assuredly that we are children of God. 
Then it is that all things work together for good — as 
much and fully in our losses and crosses as in our suc- 
cesses. Whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, not 
willingly, but for love's sake. As the loving mother 
keeps the dainty food from the dyspeptic child because 
she knows it would be harmful to it, so th-^ Lord keep.s 
worldly success from his soul-dyspeptic children. 
Their spiritual stomachs are too weak to digest it. Po\- 
erty and aflliction save more souls than does wealth 
and health. The Lord giveth his children, in everv 
w.ay, only that which they can bear. If at this we 
grumble and murmur, then he may gi\eus our wishes, 
but a leanness of soul will surely follow. 

By carefully measuring our works for the past year, 
we may come to a better understanding a.-, lo our losses 
and gains, and thus be the better prepared to start out 
on the new year that is before us. This lias been an av- 
erage year,— nothing especially remarkable occurred, 
either for good or evil, ordinarily looking at it. As a 
nation, we have had a year of peace and plenty. It is 
true, we have had pur shipwrecks, railroad disasters, 
fires, floods and drouths, but these are common to the 
world and are essentiil for its w.?ll-being, and we need 
be neither alarmed about them or afraid of tlieir re- 
sults, if we are the Lord's. , , 

As to the church, we have much to be grateful for. 
We have been greatly blessed, and should feel much 
encouraged. Peace has reigned within our borders 
and success has followed our ministry. Many souls 
have been brought to a saving knowledge of the truth, 
considering the efforts put forth. We have been grow- 
ing in Christian liberality, and in grace, we hope. The 
amount given to charitable uses and for missionarv 
work is, we think, above that of former years, and the 
zeal in the missionary cause has shown an encouraging 
growth. 

As to our own work, we have been greatly encour- 
aged. Whether deserved or not, mc have received 
more consideration, more sympathy and more kind 
words than ever before. Indeed, wc feel that we ha\e 
been the recipients of more praise and less censure 
than we deserved. For this Christian courtesy we an- 
trying to be grateful, and hope it may be the 
means of more determinedly than ever adhering to the 
truth as it is in Christ Jesus, and carrying out our con- 
victions of right, independent of fear or favor. And \\ e 
hope this we will all do'. There is not much room for 
policy in church work. If doing the right will not 
make us friends, we are better off without them. In 
all of our editorials we have tried to have but one ob- 
ject in view,— the elevation of the Christian standard 
of the church by right doing, and the promotion of the 
cause, for the salvation of sinners and the glory of Go<l. 
In starting out in the new year wo l-.ave the same 
purpose in view. And, by the help of our co-laborers 
and many contributors, we hope to give to I he church 
that which will be interesting, cdif\ing and evangelical 
in all of its issues. 

To those who have so nobly worked for us, bolli in 
contributing and soliciting subscribers, we extend our 
hearty thanks, as through your efforts much of our 
success is attained. The greatest inducement we 
have to offer you for a continuance of your M'ork is, 
that by so doing you are doing a good work in labor- 
ing for the Master. And now, to patron, contributor 
a:i(l fri<>nd, we wish a happy and prosperous New \'ear. 
Be laithful, irust in God, commit your all to him, and 
whether you live or ^yhether you die, all will he well. 



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'Study to show ihjself ftpproTtvl unto God; a workman that 

nee^^eth not b*" asiian-.ed. rifthtJy diTiding the 

Word of Truth." 



tttrninct over the new leaf. 



Tlje year begins. I turn a leaf 

A!! over writ with good resolves: 
Each to tiillill will bo in chief 

M_v aim w liile earth its round revolves. 
Mow manv a leaf I've turned before, 

And tried to :nak^he record true; 
Each Year a wreck on time's dull shore. 

Proved much I dared, but little knew. 

Ah, bright resolve! How high vou bear 

Tlie future's hopeful standard on ; 
How brave vou start : how poor vou wear! 

I low soon are faith and courage gone, 
\oi\ point to deeds of sacriiice, 

Vou shun the patli of careless ease: 
Lentils and wooden shoes.- In this 

The fare of human soul to please.' 

What wonder, tlien, if men do fall, 

Where good is ever all austere; 
Wliile vice is fair and pleasant all, 

.\nd turns the leaf to lead the \ear.- 
Vet still once more I turn the leaf, 

And mean to walk the better w a_v : 
I struggle with old unbelief, 

And strive to reach the perfect d.iv. 

Whv sl-.ould tiie road that leads to heaven 

De all one reach of sterile sand.- 
Whv not, just here and there, be given 

A rose to deck the drearv land.- 
riut win- repine' Others have trod. 

With sorer feet and heavier sins, 
Their painful pathway toward God: — 

My pilgrimage anew begins. 

I'ailiire and failure, hitherto, 

! las time inscribed upon m_v leaves ; 
I wandered many a harvest through. 

And never yet have gathered sheaves. 
Vet once again the leaf I turn, 

Hope against hope for one success; 
One merit mark, at least, to earn. 

One sunbeam in tlie wilderness. 



-Srlrrfnl. 



FRATERNAL RELATIONS. 



BY B. ' . MOO.M.VW. 



It is not just now the proper thing among 
some denominations, especially the more 
fashionable ones, to use the fraternal greet- 
ing of "brother " or "sister." 

AVe ilo not, for a moment, think that the 
fraternal sentiment exists only in its outward 
expression, but it is reasonable ^to suppose 
that, where this expression is habitually ig- 
nored or neglected, there is an absence of 
the real sentiment or feeling in the heart. 

A man may call you l>rother or sister with- 
out a spark of brotherly aftection in his 
heart, but if that affection exists in him to 
any conscious degree, he will usually mani- 
fest it in his address, as well as in his ac- 
tions. It is not goo<l for any religious com- 
munity to neglect the outward forms of re- 
ligion. Because these outward forms fur- 
nish a goo<l hidiug-jjlace for the hypocritical 
and insincere, they have fallen into disre- 
pute. But this is no argument against the 
forms, and it is a fact, well attested by gen- 
eral observation, that when the external 
forms are neglected, the internal essence is 
less fervent and abundant. It is also true 
that too many forms, or too high an opinion 



of thou: produces the same results. In this 
particular, as in all other subjects, we find 
the truth on middle grounds. Straws indi- 
cate the direction of the wind. "\Ve find less 
fraternal feeling among those denominations 
which have rejected the old-time Christian 
greeting, than among those which retain it. 
The greeting of "brother,"' "sister," reminds 
us of the relation we bear to each other, and 
thus stimulcites and nourishes those Chris- 
tian affections which constitute the soul of 
that relation. Thus from the form we pass 
to the essence,— from the symbolical we pass 
to the real, and find there the widest range 
for thought, and the fullest play for fraternal 
feeling. 

Now, if there is one principle of the Chris- 
tian religion pre-eminent above the rest, it is 
charity, or love: and if there is one command- 
juent more binding than all the rest, it is 
the ■' new commandment which he gave unto 
us that we should love one another." Of 
coiirse, the reason for this lies in the rela- 
tion. We are all children of one Father, ev- 
en God, and we are children of the regenera- 
tion, in which is the germ of immortality, — 
not for time, but for eternal duration we are 
brethren, and we are one, so that but one 
word can express the principle of this union, 
and that word is charity. " Love is the ful- 
filling of the law." In this office it has a 
negative and positive mode of operation. — 
The first is expressed Scripturally as follows : 
"Love worketh no ill to its neighbors;" and 
the second, "Love seeketh not her own, b\it 
another's good." 

Because this principle is not in the unre- 
generated heart, all strife, and contention, 
and cruelty, and theft, and bloodshed arises. 
Thence come wars in which so-called Chris- 
tian soldiers shed each other's blood. " Love 
worketh no ill to its neighbor." It will nei- 
ther fight, nor steal, nor cheat, nor slander, 
nor over-reach, nor work any harm in any 
way. 

As a denomination we recognize this, and 
stand upon the broad jjlatform of universal 
charity. We abhor war, for any cause, and 
teach, as the Scriptures do, that it comes 
from the devil. We abhor all kinds of strife 
and law-breaking, by which misguided man 
injures his neighbor. We seek to be at 
peace with all men, and to live a life of quiet 
godliness, and calm content. 

This negative side of the law of love bears 
still more directly upon the relations be- 
tween Christian brethren, and in this par- 
ticular sphere circumstances may arise in 
which it would greatly circumscribe the law- 
ful range of our personal liberty. It was so 
with Paul, who, on account of his strong 
faith and extensive knowledge, could, with- 
out offending his own conscience, eat meat 
which had been offered to idols. But it of- 
fended, or gave an occasion of stumbling, to 
the weaker conscience of his less favored and 
less informed brother, so he would not eat, 
though it was lawful for him to do so. The 
effect which his conduct would have upon his 
weaker brother, made it unlawful. »■ 

On account of the abounding imperfec- 
tions of our human nature, we may often 



trench upon the temporal or spiritual rights 
of our brethren, and the Holy Spirit gave us 
the 18th chapter of Matthew for the guid- 
ance of the church in all such matters. It 
was the evident intention that this proced- 
ure should only apply in cases of a serious 
! nature. This is evident from the context, 
I which treats of " offenses," and denounces a 
I woe iipon "that man by whom the offense 
\ cometh." 

I I have noticed that some brethren, among 
! whom recently appeared our dear brother, A. 
Hutchison, frequently misinterpret this 
[ Scripture. In the Revised Version and Em- 
! phatic Diaglott, which is a" literal, word-for- 
\ word translation, the Greek word for " offens- 
es" is rendered "causes of stumbling," 
] "snares.'" Christian professors, who, by 
false doctrine, or bj'^ scandalous conduct, be- 
come a snare or cause of stumbling to others, 
to the destruction of their souls, come under 
the condemnation of this Scripture. Noth- 
ing could be farther from the truth than that, 
if a brother hurts my feelings, he has offended 
me in the sense of this Scripture. 

If this is what the Lord meant, verily 
there would be numerous offenses and many 
woes. Do not imagine that if a brother in- 
advertently, or, it may be, carelessly, hurts 
your feelings, he has committed a grave 
crime against the kingdom of God. It is the 
part of noble Christian manhood to cover all 
such affronts with the broad cloak of charity 
and magnanimity. If you don't want your 
feelings hurt, don't let them stick out so far. 
Don't be looking around for causes against 
your brethren and sisters. They are not the 
true conservators of the chiirch who take 
radical positions and put extreme construc- 
tions upon every disciplinary latterance of 
the Bible. They are always stirring up 
strife about little nothings, and then talk of 
the church going to ruin. Were it not for 
the spirit and grace of God overruling the 
destinies of the church, these censors would 
quickly bring it to ruin, for no temporal 
bond could long v/ithstand their prying. — 
The great body of the church stood on the 
conservative ground between the extreme 
fault-finding radicals on the one hand, and 
the extreme fault-finding liberals on the oth- 
er, and because she stood firm, the Brother- 
hood was saved. Shall we now set up these 
extreme standards again, and sow the seeds 
of future division ? 

Esteemed brethren are even now lending 
their influence and talents to this very work, 
by putting upon the disciplinary teachings 
of the New Testament a too liberal construc- 
tion on the one hand, and a too radical con- 
struction on the other. For this reason I 
sound a note of warning, and call upon all 
lovers of Zion to stand upon the safe middle 
ground of conservatism. Seek your broth- 
er's good unto edification, instead of a cause 
of complaint against him. I thank God that 
I can never tell, after leaving church, Avhat a 
brother or sister wore. But if there is a 
kiijdling of brotherly love visible in any 
countenance, it never escapes my notice. If 
there is an outpouring of any soul to God in 
solemn worship, or grateful tribute of praise, 



lau. 



1888. 



THB GOSP^EB Is/inSSWMGWR.. 



o 



I gladly join in the oflfering. I£ there is a 
word or act which magnifies Jesns, 1 rejoice 
in it. ^li there is a dispensation of the Bread 
of Life, I thankfully receive it, and feed upon 
it. If a soul is won for the kingdom of 
heaven, my cup runneth over. Oh, Charity, 
Charity, thou art verily the " greatest of all." 
May God's Holy Spirit put more of it into 
our hearts, until it kindles a flame which 
shall consume all troubles and lighten every 
darkness. Give us more of it, until all the 
world shall say, " See how these Christians 
love one another!" 

SOUNDS KROM THE GOSPEL HARP. 



BY WM. M. LYON. 



Brother, how are you getting along 
climbing the gospel ladder ? Are you tired of 
holding on to the rounds of God's promises'? 
Do you ever think of falling? Are you 
afraid of letting go? Yes, sometimes. Then 
I wonder what is the matter. Perhaps, in- 
stead of looking up toward the top, you have 
been looking downward toward the bottom 
from whence you started. If so, you will 
soon get too dizzy to hold on. If you don't 
want to get that way, keep looking up all the 
time, "looking unto Jesus," forgetting the 
things that are past, and pressing upward, 
and you will find " room at the top." 

Looking down the spiritual ladder causes 
many downfalls in the church. Some peo- 
ple can not cross a stream without getting 
giddy. Using the common phrase, their 
"head swims." To avoid this, we are in- 
structed not to look down. And if we would 
keep from falling spiritually, don't look 
down. 

" But,' says one, " I will tell you what is 
the matter with me. I am weak, and try my 
best to ascend the ladder of religion, but 
here are my associates standing at the bot- 
tom; they will not try it themselves, and all 
they do is to stand and gaze at me. They 
think I am a very poor climber, and talk as 
if they would not make the attempt unless 
they could do better, and no M^onder I get 
along so slowly." 

Well, that is bad, but my advice is, " Look 
up. Set your affections on things above, and 
not on things on the earth." If they think 
they can climb better than you, let them try 
it. To be trying to climb, though often very 
imperfect, is better than standing at the bot- 
tom doing nothing. 

If we keep our vision upward all the time, 
we will have no time to look towards the bot- 
tom, for we can see Jesus standing at the top 
with all the hosts of heaven welcoming us 
to " come up higher." Others are nearing 
the highest round, and shall soon end their 
spiritual ascent to the realms of the blest. 
Climb on, though weak and tired you may 
be, and soon you will reach the Upper Eden 
and rest forever in the paradise of God. 

John Milton, the greatest of English po- 
ets, has said, 

" Accuse not. nature, she hath done her part, 
Do thou but thine." 

But nature hath many accusers. Who are 
they? Let us see. Those who say by their 



j actions that they are not satisfied with their 
I own form that God hath made. Who? Why, 
those who improve on the Creator's plan (?) 
by creating deformities. Deformities? Noth- 
ing short of it. Those who come into the 
\ world ill-shaped and deformed, are to be 
1 pitied. All means possible are employed to 
I effect a change for the better. " O, if only I 
' had a beautiful form and perfect figure like 
other people, how glad I would be." " Yes," 
replied her friend, Miss A, " I am so sorry 
I you were thus unfortunate." 

Hearing this response, I was made to won- 
der, for when I looked on Miss A, I perceived 
that her physique, once beautiful and per- 
fect, had been transformed by the goddess 
of fashion until all its original, God-given 
beauty and perfection had departed. Then 
I wondered why she should pity her friend. 
The former was natural deformity, the lat- 
ter, artificial. In the former, j^eople won- 
dered why God should thus bring a de- 
formed being into the world; in the latter, I 
wondered why people would persist in de- 
forming themselves. All such must be ac- 
cvisers of nature — and what is worse — accus- 
ers of nature's God. 

Look at Miss A as she walks along the 
street. Her appearance teaches you that she 
has made an improvement (?) on the divine 
model. As soon as she began to approach 
womanhood, when, as she supposed, she had 
crossed the line into the field of ladyhood, 
she began to think how she should appear 
before the world in order that she might 
pass to the best advantage. 

She views her elegant form and wonders 
where to begin the work of transformation. 
" Here is a part of the body not quite crooked 
enough (Creator's mistake) hence I will 
make an improvement here by resorting to 
the popular process necessary to produce an 
elevation, or rather an extension— in plainer 
English, a ' hunch.' Now, that looks much 
better. You see the original form was not 
sufficiently proportionate and symmetrical. 
Then again, I discover that another improve- 
ment might be made by greatly reducing the 
circumference of a part of my body. It 
does not feel just so well, but then it must be 
done, or the votaries of pride and fashion 
will not be pleased with me. And just now 
I notice another defect. God did not give 
me a suitable complexion; it is too ruddy. 
Now I have applied the necessary modifying 
preparation, and look decidedly better. I 
wish I could look more like Miss B, for she 
is so white; but then she is rather too much 
that way, hence she produces the desired im- 
provement by applying a certain lotion, 
which everybody says is just splendid." 

What does this teach? The creature says 
to the Creator, "Why did you make me 
thus? See how much trouble I have to give 
myself the proper shape. Why, I am neces- 
sitated to remodel, and modify, and alter all 
your work. In short, why can't you do your 
part of the work better? Do it right, and 
thereby save me all this trouble." 

Now get your Testament and read Rom. : 
20. God! "What is man that thou art 
mindful of him?" 



THE NATIVITY OF CHRIST. 



BY NOAH LONGANECKER. 



" And there were in the same countrj- sliepherds 
abiding in the field, keeping watch over theii- flock by 
night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, 
and the glory of the Lord slione round about them ; 
and they were sore afraid. And tlie anod said unto 
them, Fear not: for, behold, 1 bring you good tidings 
of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto 
3'ou is born this day in the city of Da\it! a .Sa\'ior, 
w-hich is Ciirist the Lord." — Luke 2: S-ii. 

There are things that transpire upon this 
earth that are of such great magnitude, or of 
such vast importance, that the angels in 
heaven seem to take more than a common 
interest in their fulfillment. The nativity of 
Christ, his death, resurrection and ascension, 
the repentance of sinners, etc., are a few of 
those things. 

At the nativity of Christ " suddenly there 
was with the angel a multitude of the heav- 
enly host praising God, and saying, Glory to 
God in the highest, and on earth peace, good 
will toward men." His birth was thus cele- 
brated by a song of the iieavenly host, while 
" the angel of the Lord came upon them, — 
the shepherds, — and the glory of the Lord 
shone round them." There are many an- 
cient prophecies of Christ's nativity. 

1. Time. — " The scepter shall act depart 
from Judali, nor a lawgiver from between his 
feet, until Shiloh come." Gen. 49: 10. Judah 
continued a distinct tribe till the Messiah 
was come; since then the tribe is confounded 
with others, and all distinction is lost. Tru- 
ly, Shiloh is come. 

2. PZace.— "But thou, Bethlehem Ephra- 
tah, though thou be little among the thou- 
sands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come 
forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; 
whose goings forth have been from of old, 
from everlasting." Micah 5: 2. 

3. Tribe. — "And there shall come forth 
a rod out of the stem of Jesse." Isa. 11: 1, 
10. " I will raise unto David a righteous 
branch." Jer. 20: 5. " Hath not the Script- 
ure said. That Christ cometh of the seed of 
David, and out of the town of Bethlehem, 
where David was" ? 

4 Concepiion and hirVi. — " Behold, a vir- 
gin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall 
\ call his name Immanuel." Isa. 7: 1-1. By 
comparing all the attending circumstances of 
the birth of Jesus with all the ancient proph- 
ecies, we will find that his birth was an exact 
fulfillment of all those prophecies. It is 
true, Christ's nativity was directly revealed 
by the angel to the shepherds as "good tid- 
ings of great joy," but the angel immediate- 
ly adds, "which shall be to all people." This 
is a peculiarity of all commands and prom- 
ises. In a special sense they are addressed 
to individual persons, but they also concern 
"all men every-where." 

"Unto you is born ihis daij.'' Neither the 
Bible nor profane history inform us on what 
day of the year that day was. Much has 
been written on the subject. The day of 
Christ's nativity has been placed, by learned 
men, in every month in the year. "The 
Latin '/lurch, supreme in power, and infalli- 
ble in judgment, placed it on the 2oth of 



TMii. QOSPilL ME)SSHXail)^R 



Jau. 3, 1888. 



December, the very day on whicli the ancient 
Eomaus celebrated the feast of their goddess 
Brurua. Pope Julius I was the person who 
made this alteration, and it appears to have 
been done for this reason: The sun now be- 
gan his return towards the northern tropic, 
ending the winter, lengthening the short 
days, and introducing the spring. All this 
was probably deemed emblematical of the 
rising of the Sun of Eighteousness on the 
dai'kness of this world, and causing the day- 
spring from on high to visit mankind." — 
Clarke. Clarke does not say what the cus- 
tom was before tlie alteration was made by 
the Pope, nor does it matter. One thing is 
certain, — history informs us that shepherds 
took their tlocks home before the first rain 
set in, which was about the middle of Octo- 
ber. No tiocks were out by night in the 
fields on the 'loth, of December. So the Pope 
is not infallible. But what of the day, when 
the Bible is silent about it? It is not the 
day of Christ's nativity ^hat is to be revered, 
but the nativity itself. All honor to the 
birth of Jesus! 

The reasons given by Clarke above for cel- 
ebrating Christ's nativity on the 25th of De- 
cember, seem somewhat plausible. The Bi- 
ble being silent as to the day of the year in 
whicli the Savior was born, let not man 
make law. " Where the Spirit of the Lord 
is there is liberty;" and if we all, by common 
consent, agree to celebrate the divinity of 
([Christ on the 25th of December, God will 
certainly be glorified, and we be blessed. As 
in fasting, God has not set apart any special 
day*^ wherein to observe this duty, but if we 
all agree to observe it on a certain day, God 
will be honored and we blessed. 

The birth of Christ was "good tidings of 
great joy." It was the subject matter of 
prophecy from the beginning. It has been 
the hope of the church in all ages. While 
holy men and jjrophets desired to see these 
things; and while angels celebrated this glo- 
rious event in heavenly strains, shall we be 
mute and dead? Xay, verily. "God so 
loved the world, that he gave his only begot- 
ten Son, that whosoever believeth in him 
• should not perish, but have everlasting life." 
All, even the chief of sinners, should be 
deeply interested in this glorious event. 
He took upon himself our nature and gave 
himself a ransom for us all. Ho took upon 
himself flesh to redeem and save us. He 
was born unto us a Savior. Man was at en- 
mity with God, with his fellow-man, and at 
variance with himself. Christ was born the 
"Prince of Peace." Well may we, with the 
heavenly host, sing liosannas of praise and 
glory to God in the highest, for the peace on 
earth, and the good will toward men. 

" God so loved the world," that he with- 
held not his only and well-beloved Son, but 
gave him as a gift to redeem a lost and sin- 
ruined world. Christ so loved ua that he 
was willing to become incarnate that he 
might suffer and die to atone for rebellious 
men, and redeem them from the curse of vio- 
lated law. We did not merit such love. He 
bestowed it as a gift. That a host of armed 
rebels should meet such a favor from him 



against whom they revolted, is truly wonder- 
ful. Well may his name be called " Won- 
derful!" Wonderful mercy! Wonderful love! 
Wonderful good will to men! Wonderful 
peace on earth! "Great is the mystery of 
godliness: God was manifest in the flesh." 
Wonderful indeed, that the Sou of God 
should also become the Son of man! That 
he should be born of a virgin, by the power 
of the Holy Ghost, independent of any man, 
is truly mysterious! It is a great wonder! 
Man can not comprehend it with all his won- 
derful reasoning powers. But such are the 
facts as revealed by Divine Kevelation. But 
short of this most mysterious, most wonder- 
ful work that ever was done in all time, and 
in every clime, the redemption and salvation 
of man coiild never have been accomplished. 
Without this, God could never have been 
reconciled unto man, nor man unto God. 
There could have been no Redeemer, no Sav- 
ior, no Prince of Peace, no Mediator, no life, 
no joy, no peace, no heaven for man, neither 
here nor hereafter. 

May the heavenly anthem long continue on 
earth! May we all provoke one another to 
love and gratitude to God for his great mer- 
cy and love to us poor rebels. We are not 
our own. We have been bought with the 
blood of the gift of God's own dear Son. 
Then let us all consecrate ourselves to God, 
to his love and service! Short of this the in- 
carnation of the Lord will not avail in be- 
half of our present or future joy, i^eace and 
life. Love was the moving cause in God giv- 
ing his Son. Love should be the moving 
cause in the consecration of ourselves and 
all we have to God! 



TWO WONDERS MEET. 



BY .JAS. I!. GISH. 



I woNBEi; and you Avonder. No doubt 
some of you wonder what Bro. Gish is doing 
in the mission work in Arkansas. I answer, 
" Not as much as I would like," — when one 
has to bear the whole burden of a mission, — 
first build and provide for home and folks, 
then go and preach as openings and oppor- 
tunities offer, meet all expenses of travel, 
sometimes pay for the oil to light the house, 
and sometimes make your own fires. But 
Bro. jNI. M. E. informs us that he would not 
do that; he would just quit and leave. Yes, 
that is just what the sects want. They would 
like the Brethren to leave, or stay away al- 
together. They have but little use for the 
truth as Jesus delivered it to us, and while 
some show friendship to your face, and say, 
" Brother, lirothcr," they keep up an under- 
ground current against the doctrine of Christ, 

oppose it with all the power that they and 
the devil combined have. They deceive all 
whom they can, and here the devil had the 
start of us. He v/as located and pretty Avell 
established before we got here, and while we 
were detained, working daily to have a shel- 
ter from the storms of winter, he was busy 
with his under-ground work, fixing his traps 
and triggers. 

Quit?— yes, I will when there are no more 
openings, or no souls to save. It is true we 



are but few in number, weak, — not enough 
to fairly represent the Brotherhood, — only 
nine, all told. Some are not in order, some 
seldom get to meeting, sometimes the turn- 
out is small. These are some of the discour- 
agements of mission work in new places, 

Dec. 8 we baptized the first applicant, — 
a man who, I think, will have a good influ- 
ence. I hope that more will soon follow. 
How glad I would be, if some good, orderly 
brethren and sisters would come and help us 
organize and build up a church here! We 
aim to preach every Sunday; sometimes 
twice. We are expecting jBro. McCann. 
When he comes we will try to have some se- 
ries of meetings at different places, if the 
weather will permit. The summer is the 
time when protracted meetings are generally 
held in the South. I think it is usually wet 
in winter. The rains have now commenced. 
I can not tell how long they may continue, 
but, by the blessings of God, we feel to try 
to do our duty, hence we must press towards 
the mark, — yes, not glide smootlily, but press 
through these oppositions, if possible. Breth- 
ren and sisters, will you pray for the suc- 
cess of our work here in Arkansas? 

Now I have tried to answer what you won- 
der at. I wonder, too. What did Christ 
mean Avhen he said to his disciples, " Go iii- 
to all the Avorld and preach the gospel to ev- 
ery creature " ? Did he mean that the min- 
isters should leave the isolated members of 
the West, and shun the destitute regions of 
the South, and sail around in the large and 
over-fed churches of the East, and around 
the schools where there are numbers of min- 
isters doing but little preaching? If Jesus 
did mean that, then our brethren are doing 
their duty. , 

When our brethren are chosen to preach 
the Word, we are guided in their election, as 
we hope, by the Spirit of God. For what 
are they chosen? — to go around looking aft- 
er schools, fill all such oflices in schools, 
printing-oflices, etc. ? Elders leave their con- 
gregations and the care of the churches to go 
and serve tables. Now, brethren, if these 
institutions must be run, look ye out others 
that have no part in the ministry, and let 
them run these things, but go ye and preach 
the kingdom of God. When Jesus called 
Matthew he was sitting at the receipt of cus- 
tom (tax collector). He immediately left all 
and rose up and followed him. Minister- 
ing brethren, get out of those soft-feathered 
nests, and go to your work. Go to preach- 
ing the Word. Go out into the highways 
and hedges, go South where the true gospel 
has not been preached, establish churches; 
don't be always working on some other man's 
foundation. Stop, wake up! Open your 
eyes, look towards this great south, behold the 
thousands of creatures! AVhat does Jesus 
want you to do? Preach the gospel to them. 
Some, perhaps, will say, "I would, if you had 
some well-established churches with plenty 
of rich members, plenty soft feather-beds, 
plenty fat chickens, with all other good 
things, so I could have a real pleasant time, 
gathering in the fruit of other men's labors." 
Brethren, this is pleasant, — sweet to the 



Jan. 3, 1888. 



THE; GOSPEL VIESSENGER 



taste, but you must rise up and do your duty. 
Preach the gospel to every creature. Don't 
forget the millions of the south that many 
of you can reach in twenty-four hours' trav- 
el! Will you think about it? Will you 
come? I wonder how brethren (preachers) 
can talk, write, and manifest such an inter- 
est (apparently) in the missionary cause, 
and still never get outside of the organized 
churches to preach. With them it is, " Go, 
boys;" with old Paul it was, " Corae, boys." 
If the devil can get up any device to steal 
the talent of our Brotherhood, — put it to oth- 
er business to the neglect of preaching the 
gospel to every creature, — starve the perish- 
ing millions, — neglect the duties to which he 
has called them, — I wonder if he will not be 
satisfied I I still wonder. 

"AND HE WENT HIS WAY." 



BY FLORA E. TEAGUE. 



This introductory proposition is found in 
Luke 22: 4, and describes Judas ou his mis- 
sion to betray the blessed Master, with whom 
he had been in close companionship of the 
deepest nature known, for days and months. 
Yet after his great knowledge of this dear 
friend, in ways too numerous to find book- 
room in the world, " he went his Avay," to de- 
liver over to the most unspeakable anguish, 
his Savior! 

We think in this day and age of the world, 
that it must have taken a very wicked person 
to have done this, and yet, are we sure that 
there are not some of that same class of 
people about us to-day, — in our church, in 
our families? How is it with ourselves? 

Do we ever go our way, contrary to the 
advice of friends, of parents, of the church? 
If we do, are v/e injuring any one, is anybody 
hurt, is any one offended when we go our 
way, as Judas went his, to crucify the Sav- 
ior afresh ? 

There is an old saying, and I believe a 
true one, that obedient children at home 
and at school, make obedient citizens. 
Can we not go further and add, that they 
will make obedient church members, too? I 
believe we can. 

If we get into the habit of going our way 
when young in years, how easy it is for us 
to continue in so doing, and how difficult to 
turn ! 

We continue to go our way in sin, in dis- 
obedience, until many think we are hopeless 
cases, and feel as if everything had been 
shown us for our good, everything done. 
They are about ready to give us up to 
our ways, when God takes pity upon us, and 
checks our wayward career. We hesitate, 
and finally surrender to His way, and feel 
happy in our new relationship, until, finally, 
our way is crossed by some trifle, and the 
old rebellious spirit appears. 

Sometimes we conquer it, and often, oh, 
how often, it conquers us; drives us to de- 
struction, just like Judas's way did him, and 
we die a miserable death, all for the sake of 
having our way! 



Whose way are we having now? Our way 
or the church's way — God's way? Ponder 
awhile, and if you have not the right way, 
do not stop a minute until you have it. 
There is too much at stake to risk our way. 
Be back again in communion with your God 
and at peace, and true happiness, with one 
and all. Remember that one who " went his 
way," and suffered so terribly for the same. 

Covuifjlon, 0. 

NATURE AND ART, 



BY P. FAHRNEY. 



Nature is true; art is false. Nature is 
the original; art is the imitation. One is the 
handiwork of God, the other is created by 
man. 

Those who are born and reared in the 
midst of natural surroundings are inclined 
to be " true as nature." When they say yes, 
they mean yes; when they say no, they mean 
no; because they are artless. Their love is not 
affectation, but affection; hence they are the 
" good soil" ready for the "sower of the seed." 

In large cities the works of art predom- 
inate. Very often that which seems to be 
stone is only imitation, or concrete, — the 
work of ingenious men. The only natural 
curiosities at the Exhibition are the fishes 
in the aqiiarium. In the churches and ca- 
thedrals your eyes behold nothing but works 
of art, even the natural complexion of the 
people's faces is covered with artificial color- 
ing, their singing and music is by trained 
vocalists and artists. The clergyman is an 
elocutionist, even his gestures and motions 
are according to the rules of art. 

At the park you see an artificial lake right 
alongside of a great natural lake, as if the 
work of God were to be put to naught. The 
trees and flowers are artistically set. In the 
distance you see what seems to be a man, but 
as you come nearer, you see it is a " graven 
image," a man cut out of stone, to represent 
Schiller. Who was this man? Why has he 
the affections of the people? AVhy are so 
many standing around, with hats off? "He 
was a poet," says one, " and we adore him 
because God does not create a gem every 
day." 

So these people worship God through 
Schiller and not through Christ. Idolatry, 
art thou extinct? 

Chicago, III, Dec. 13. 



PREACHERS' LIBRARY. 



We have now added a few more volumes 
to the Library, and others will be announced 
soon. We think we' may well congratulate 
our ministei's on now having access to such a 
work as "Hours with the Bible; or. The 
Scriptures in the Light of Modern Discovery 
and Knowledge " by Cunningham Geikie. 
We have the work in six volumes, and as 
each volume is complete within itself, we 
will send them to applicants separately, and 
thus a number may be reading the w-ork at 
the same time. The work is divided into 
volumes as follows: 



Vol. 1, Creation to Patriarchs. 

Vol. 2, Moses to the Judges. 

Vol. 3, Samson to Solomon. 

Vol. i, Rehoboam to Hezekiah. 

Vol. 5, Manasseh to Zedekiah, 

Vol. 6, Ezekiel to Malachi. 

There are still some who do not seem to 
understand our plans fully. All who are 
interested in the Preachers' Library should 
read our articles in Messenger of Oct. 2-5 
and Nov. 29. For the benefit of those who 
have not preserved those issues of the Mes- 
senger, I call attention to a few points. 

1. We do not send more than one volume 
at a time from the Library to any one; and 
when a borrower has received one volume, 
all the regulations must be complied with 
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draw a second. 

2. No one except ministers in limited 
circumstances can have free access to the 
Library. Sunday-school workers, and others, 
who are in need of good, helpful literature 
should write to the Secretary for terms upon 
which they may have access to the Library. 

3. Contributions to the Library Fund 
are still in order. As means are contributed 
and volumes are added, the usefulness of 
the Library will be increased. Remember 
that we give a map of Palestine ten by twelve 
inches, finely executed in colors, suitable for 
framing, to each one that conti-ibutes ten 
cents or more to the Library Fund. All 
communications may be addressed to Jas. M. 
Neflf, Sec. B. R. C, Box 20, Mount Morris, 
Illinois. 

LIFE IS THE TIME, 



Life is the time to serve the Lord. The 
Bible says so, and grand old Dr. Watts has 
embalmed the truth in verse. But it does 
not mean the fag end of a sin-spent existence, 
when the stone for your grave is all quarried 
and polished, ready for your name. It means 
all your life, from youth to old age — or till 
the end — is the time for serving God, And 
then comes an eternity of blessed service, 
where every work is a delight, and life is a 
loving existence of perennial felicity. 

QUIET LIVES, 

Many a life runs along without a bubble, 
like a brook through a vallej^, giving life and 
verdure to the meadow, and drink to the bird, 
and nourishment to the shrub and tree, till 
it loses itself in the great river. It is 
not talked of like the thundering cataract 
and men do not stare at it in wonder; but 
yet it has its own work to do in the world, 
and it does it, and the world is better off 
because of its creation. 



Angels have two offices, to sing above and 
watch beneath. They do us many invisible 
offices of love. They have dear and tender 
regard and love for the saints. To them, as 
it were, God puts forth his children to nurse, 
and they care for them whilst they live, and 
bring them home in their arms to their Fa- 
ther when thev die. 



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rHH GOSPKL AlKSSKKGrEK 



Jan. 3, 1888. 



'rem tl:Le ^^ield.- 



From Black Rock. W. Va. 



I A.M. at present, writiug at the homo of 
Bro. Hiram Lyou, father of Bro. William M. 
Lyou, iu Graut oouuty, AV. \a. We are try- 
ing to break the Bread of Life to the people 
here iu Padyslaud. 

Our communiou at Thornton is in the 
past. It was held Nov. 1*2 and lo. On the 
tirst day of the feast, when about ready to 
stai't for the chiu"oh. I received a message 
to visit one of our sick sisters in the lower 
end of our district. She had been ill for six 
months. To leave the love-feast and go, I 
did not like to do. I resolved, however, 
to visit her on the following Sunday. At 
the close of the meeting, we were called up- 
on to anoint one of our sisters near the meet- 
ing-house, who had been ill for a few weeks. 
Bro. G. W. Ann on and the writer, with some 
others, were soon at the house of Bro. Bow- 
man, whose wife was sick, but resigned to 
the will of the Lord. 

Towards evening 1 went to Bro. Sanders', 
whose daughter I had been requested to vis- 
it I soon was at her bedside. She could 
talk only in a whisper. Two months before 
she had been anointed. " Sister Annie, what 
do you want?" I asked. She answered, "I 
want you to pray that I may die without 
smothering." " I can do that," I said, " but 
I must add, 'if the will of the Lord be so.' " 
To this she agreed. After prayer, I said to 
her, '■' Don't you feel that Jesus is a precious 
Savior?" In a soft whisper she answered, 
" Yes." She requested hymns of praise to be 
sung. At i P. M. she passed quietly away, 
as though she were sweetly sleeping. I 
would say to those who promised to meet 
her in heaven, Fulfill that promise. The fu- 
neral took place on the following Tuesday. 
The services were conducted by the writer, 
from the words, " Prepare to meet thy God." 

Bro. D. J. Miller is expected to commence 
meetings iu our congregation Dec. 31. May 
the Spirit of God work to the salvation of pre- 
cious souls! Z. A.VNO'N. 

Xo>: Vi". 

1 ♦ . 

From Cimarron Valley Church. No Man's Land. 



Ol"K organization and love-feast are among 
the things of the fiast. Bro. Enoch El)y of- 
ficiated at the feast, and did all he could to 
make us hapjjy. May all the brethren and 
sisters who attend and participate in the ho- 
ly services, connected with those occasions, 
try to improve them, and derive all the good 
they can! We have sixteen members. Bro. 
Elihu Moore and Bro. Marshall Eunis are i 
the ministers, and Bro. Fox is a deacon, i 
Come, Brethren, and help us to build up a ! 
church here in this strip. We are located ! 
twelve miles south-west of Englewood, Clark \ 
Co , Kans. Axdrev.- J. Detrick. 



From the Field. 



By request of the few members living in 
the Neutral Strip, south of the -Kansas line, 
J left hom<^ Xov. 23, and arrived at Ashlffud, 



the county-seat of Clarke county, Kan., and 
present terminus of the railroad, on Thurs- 
day evening, the 24th. There I M-as met by 
Bro. Elihu Moore, formerly of Greene, But- 
ler Co., Iowa, who took me to his home, a 
distance of thirty-five miles. It Avas dark by 
the time we arrived, and the snow Avas fall- 
ing. We took supper, and then went to the 
fioorless, sod schoolhouse, lGx21 feet in size, 
I think. The house was filled, and better at- 
tention and order we never met with, — and 
right among the so-called cow-boys. Some 
of them attended meeting frequently, and 
their conduct was worthy of imitation. 

Saturday, the 26th, was a verj^ unpleasant 
day; it rained, snowed and blowed, and that 
night the Cimai'ron Biver was frozen over, 
the ice being strong enough to support a 
man. Notwithstanding the inclemency of 
the weather, the members, numbering twelve, 
assembled at the house of Bro. Marshall En- 
nis. After devotional exercises suitable to 
the occasion, they proceeded, with our assist- 
ance, to organize a church, known as the 
Cimarron Yalley district of the Brother- 
hood. This was done by having their letters 
of membership read and accepted, with a 
promise from each member to faithfully car- 
ry out, both by i^recept and example, the 
teachings of the gospel, and the general or- 
der of the Brotherhood, as understood and 
decided upon at her General Conference. 
By reading the certificates of membership, 
it was ascertained that Bro. Elihu Moore was 
a minister in the second degree, and Bro. 
Marshall Ennis iu the first degree. It was 
also found that Bro. Fox was a deacon. The 
church therefore decided not to elect any 
more officers at i^resent, save a brother as 
Clerk and Treasurer, and one solicitor for 
home and general mission work, and tract 
work. For the former office, Bro. Andrew 
Detrick was chosen, and for the latter, two 
sisters, Rosa Ennis and Emma Moore, re- 
ceived a tie vote, and were both chosen. Two 
sisters, whose names were read oflf, could not 
be present because of bodily infirmities and 
the inclemency of the weather. Three mem- 
bers drove about fifty-two miles to get to the 
meeting. It stormed all the night before, 
and was by no means pleasant that day, and 
they had to care for three children at the 
same time. Please make a note of this, you, 
who have but three or four miles to go, and 
think it is too far if the weather is not pleas- 
ant. Perhaps you think it is too uncomforta- 
ble to kneel on the cold earth, just as your 
dear Savior did. If all the dear brethren 
and sisters could have a practical taste of 
frontier missionary work, the solicitors for 
endowment funds would meet with wonder- 
ful success. The Missionary Board would 
have plenty of funds to aid iu building meet- 
ing-houses, and no one would be in the least 
inconvenienced. Could we, or would wo, 
measure zeal with the Methodist church on 
this point, what a blessing it would be to the 
cause! 

In Sawyer, a small, new town in Pratt 
county, Kan., I met a young Methodist min- 
ister. He called my attention to what I sup- 
posed to be a dwell ii^iZ'lrMiKO iu coarse of 



erection. But he said they were building 
it for worship. When they were able, they 
would sell it for a dwelling, and build a meet- 
ing-house. They built it L-fashion, without 
partitions. I suppose it was built from their 
building fund, which never becomes any 
smaller. The Brethren, the Gospel Messen- 
ger and the tracts all say, " Come!" Jesus 
says, " Go ye!" Meeting-houses will then be 
needed. The church demand runs ahead of 
finances in this new country. 

Enoch Eby. 
Huichi 11^0)1, Kan. 



Notes and Jottings. 



We arrived at Mt. Morris, 111., on the ev- 
ening of Nov. 18th. We remained there 
preaching in the College Chapel, until Sun- 
day, the 20th. AVe then went to the Silver 
Creek meeting-house, four miles north of 
Mt. Morris. We here met attentive listeners, 
but the disagreeable weather at our com- 
mencement, and during our meetings, seemed 
to retard the progress of the interest. 

There arose an anxiety that a further ]part 
of our time should be given in the Chapel. 
Under pressure of that sentiment, we re- 
turned to Mt. Morris, Saturday, Dec. 3, and 
continued preaching until Monday evening, 
the 12th. The facilities here are excellent; 
amid the inclement weather, the congrega- 
tions were large and of marked interest. 

We visited this church eight years ago, 
and it was a pleasure to us to renew our ac- 
quaintance, and find so many of the faithful 
in Israel. To us our visit was very satisfac- 
tory, save for the above-mentioned divided 
condition of our time. During our visit four 
were added to the church by baptism. 

We much regretted that tiieir elder, our es- 
teemed brother, David Price, was not able to 
attend the meetings. He is able to go around 
on crutches, but is improving slowly. There 
are fruits here of his careful and judicious 
ruling. 

We were made really sad to find that the 
condition of our dear brother, D. L. Miller's 
eyesight forbids him to either read or write. 
This is the result of overwork. He is com- 
pelled to give his eyes absolute rest. Find- 
ing that he cannot get it in Mt. Morris, he will 
leave that place in a few days, accompanied 
by his wife, to spend some months in Cali- 
fornia. There is an anxious ptrayer by many, 
that he may obtain the relief sought for, in 
which we heartily joiu. Bro. Miller's work 
in the church, and especially his efforts in 
connection with the Messenger, have been 
so very satisfactory, as to cause the feeling 
that we greatly need his further labors. 

Our acquaintance with the school afforded 
us much pleasure. The healthy religious in- 
fluence under which the students are thrown, 
was, to US, gratifying. They have preaching, 
Sunday-school and Bible-class every Sunday. 
At 10 P. M., the bell rings for the students' 
evening prayers. On each floor the students 
collect in one of their rooms, and conduct 
their own service. The happy results of this 
daily exercise must be apparent. We pre- 
Buuiu uur olhei: fiolJOL-^.- I'lyr^ [}"' cani*^ roo;u^ 



Jan. 3, 1888. 



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latioi]. The success of tlie efforts of our Breth- 
ren to gather stiicleuts iuto the chujch here, 
has been most gratifying, even among those 
whose parents are not members of the church. 
A number of Brethren have made considera- 
ble sacrifice for the school. Bro. Koyer has 
largely shared in that sacrifice. We are 
glad that at least some are beginning to ap- 
preciate the value of his faithful and untir- 
ing labors. Seven of his eight children are 
members of the church. As an elder, he has 
the rare qualification of 1 Tim. 3: 4. 

I. J. EOSENBERGEK. 



Hear What the Lord Has Done ! 



On the 23rd ult.. Eld. John W. EUer, of 
Salem, Va., began a series of meetings at the 
Brick church, Floyd Co., Va. At the begin- 
ning the congregations were small, but as the 
meetings progressed, the attendance in- 
creased. Bro. Eller preached twice a day, 
v.'itli a few exceptions. On Saturday he con- 
ducted a children's meeting, — the first ever 
held in our country. Quite an interest was 
manifested, and both old and young seemed 
to leave the place well satisfied. 

The meetings were continued until Dec. 1. 
The weather was very i^leasant, with light 
nights and good roads. The visible results 
of the meetings were that saints were encour- 
aged, sinners warned and penitents brought 
flocking home. The meetings closed with 
thirty applicants for membership, twenty- 
five of whom have already been baptized. 

One of the most enjoyable features of the 
meetings to us was, to see some whom we 
had ofteu presented before the throne of 
God, leaving the beggarly elements of the 
world, and seeking refuge in the Most High 
God. Among that number was my young- 
est brother, and the only one of our family 
who had never made a profession of religion. 

Bro. Daniel Brubaker was a very import- 
ant factor in the meetings, as he took care of 
the singing, and did some good, silent work. 
Bro. Eller preached fifteen sermons, and 
closed the meetings with an increasing inter- 
est. He did not shun to chastise, rebuke, in- 
struct both saint and sinner. May God's 
choicest blessings rest upon the Brethren ! 

C. D, Hylton. 
Hyllon, Va., Dec. 7. 



Way-Side Notes. 



On Nov. 6 I left home for New Madrid 
Co., Mo. On my way I stopped with the 
Brethren in the Nevada church, Vernon Co., 
Mo., and spent several days with them, at- 
tending a council-meeting on the 8th. The 
church seems to be in fair working order, 
and is under the care of elders S. Click and 
S. Phiels. I arrived at Laforge, New Mad- 
rid Co., Mo., on Saturday, Nov. 12, after a 
tedious journey, and found a good home 
among the Brethren. I remained there one 
week, during which time four were baptized, 
two of them came from Mississippi county 
for that purpose. They held their council- 
meeting on the 18th, at which Bro. Ira Eby, 
formerly of Lanark, III, was cliogeji to the 



ministry, and Harlan Biggs was elected dea- 
con. The love-feast occurred on the 19th. 
On the 20th I went to Mississippi county 
where seven members reside, but, owing to 
the unfavorable condition of the weather and 
the meetings being held in a poor school- 
house, the meetings were discontinued. On 
the 22nd I returned with Bro. S. A. Honber- 
ger, Avho had accompanied me, to Laforge. 
He intended to open up a new point some 
miles north-west of Laforge, but owing to 
the rains and the excessive smokiuess caused 
by the previous extensive fires of Arkansas 
and South-eastern Missouri, the conditions 
were quite unfavorable to the work. The 
school-house being occupied by the Method- 
ists also hindered us in carrying out our pur- 
pose, and the contemplated work at this new 
point was postponed for the present. We 
hope that at some future time it can be at- 
tended to. 

I left the Laforge church for the Mansfield 
church,, Douglas Co., Mo., fifty miles south- 
east of Springfield. Here more than forty 
members, principally from Floyd Co., Va., 
settled within the last year or two. I re- 
mained here until Dec. 5, when I started for 
home. I arrived home on the 6th and found 
my family well, for which I felt very thankful. 

The church in Douglas coiantj^ has three 
ministers (several of them lately set apart 
for theAvork). There are also five deacons. 
While I was there they held a love-feast which 
all who participated seemed to enjoy. There 
is a considerable amount of Government 
Land in Douglas and adjoining counties, op- 
en to homesteads, but is being taken up qi^ite 
rapidly. The country is somewhs,t broken, 
as all mountain countries are, but I found 
far more good land than I expected. It has 
a healthy growth of beautiful young timber. 
The members live from six to eight miles 
south-east of Mansfield, — a town on the Kan- 
sas City, Springfield and Memphis R. E. 
They invite home-seekers to .locate among 
them. Here you can get cheap land; and it 
also appears to be productive. The climate 
is mild and is excellent for fruit. Very little 
fruit has been planted yet, which is due to its 
late settlement. 

I was also quite favorably impressed with 
New Madrid county, where the Brethren 
live. The land here is productive and easy 
to cultivate, when clear of stumps. The soil 
is adapted to wheat, corn, oats, cotton, clover, 
timothy, fruits and vegetables. I was also 
more favorably impressed than formerly as 
to its healthfulness. Althe country becomes 
cleared up and people build comfortable 
houses, the climate will compare favora- 
bly with other places. Any one desiring 
any further information, concerning New 
Madrid and Mississippi counties, write to W. 
A. Ferrenburg, Laforge, New Madrid county, 
or Fred Vogley, East Prairie, Mississippi 
county. Be sure to enclose a stamp or two 
to insure a reply. 

Of the kindness of brethren, sisters and 
friends, toward making me comfortable I 
need say nothing. May the Lord reward 
them all for their kindness ! 

S. 8. MOHLETJ, 



From Sam's Creek Church, Md. 



We have just closed a series of meetings 
which began Nov. 26. Bro. Henry C. Earl}', 
of Augusta Co., Va., preached eleven able 
and very interesting sermons. The meetings 
were well attended, and much interest was 
manifested. The result of our meetings was, 
that one precious soul, a young brother, was 
received by baptism. Our meetings were 
largely attended by our Methodist friends, 
who are quite numerous in our neighborhood. 
They seemed to be much pleased with Bro. 
Early's preaching, as it was delivered with 
great force and power. Although his preach- 
ing was quite different to what they are 
taught by their own ministers, yet they 
seemed to receive it as truth. Whether any 
of them will be willing to practice it, is yet 
to be determined. Bro. Early did not perse- 
cute them in his preaching, but if ever they 
did have the gospel preached to them in its 
purity, they had it then. Bro. Henry did not 
shun to declare the Avhole counsel of God to 
them and to us, which, we trust, may do us 
all much good. Come again, Bro. Early. 
You have made many warm friends, besides 
the good you have done for our church and 
children. Wm. H. Franklin. 



From Uniontown, Md. 



OuK congregation, the Pipe Creek, seems 
to be in a fair condition, though there have 
been but few additions to the church during 
the last year. But we are glad that peace 
and love prevail. Our Sunday-school closed 
on the last Sunday in November; the Bible 
class continues. AVe believe much good has 
been accomplished by these means of grace, 
and only trust that the future will still un- 
fold many more good things. But the ques- 
tion should come to all, " How much more 
good might we have done?" No doubt but 
many of us failed, to a certain degree, and 
did not exert as much efi"ort as we might 
have done. Can it be said of us, as of the 
woman, " She hath done what she could" ? 
If not, then we are not yet ready to be called 
home. Then let us be careful. Let us not 
inquire, "How little may I do and be justi- 
fied?" but, "How much may we do and still 
do too little?" Brethren, can we not all do 
more? Can we? Will we? 

Wm. M. Lyon. 



From North Star Church, Mich. 



Our council-meeting was held Nov. 19. 
Bro. D. Chambers was present. The Breth- 
ren were in union, so far as known. On Nov. 
27, brethren S. M. and J. Smith, the former 
from the Thornapple and the latter from the 
Woodland church, came among us and 
preached the Word to the building up of the 
saints and the awakening of the sinnei'. 

After laboring for us one week, they left 
for other fields of labor. May the Lord's 
blessing accompany them throughout their 
labors. The Lord willing, we expect to hold 
another series of meetings this winter. May 
the good work elsewhere go on! 

M. M. Sheee. 



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Jan. 3,1888, 



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I'liMisheJ W'ceklv bv the Brcihien'? Publishing Co., 
at $1.50 per annum. 



JAMES QUINTEB. 
P. I.. MILLER. 



Editor. 
Office Editor. 



JOSEPH A^llCK, 
Rasineee iiacager of Weetern House, Mt. Morris, 111. 



J B nRCMB.VUGH. J. G. KOYEK, 



Associate Editors 



jiDVisoBT comarTEE, 
li. U. Miller. S. 8. Mohler. Daniel Hajs. 

^^ llemittances should be made by Post-office Money 
Order. Draf:*. or Registered Letters, made payable and ad- 
dressed to "Brethren's Publishing Co., Mount Morris, 111," 
or "Brethreu's Publishing Co., Huntingdon, Pa." 

HT* Communications for publication should be legibly 
written with BLACK iak on OSK side of the paper only, and 
separate from all other business. 

t^' When changing your address, please give your fobheb 
a« well as your nrrrBE address in full, so as to aroid delay 
and misonJerstanding. 



Bro. D. L. Miller, previous to his de- 
parture for the Pacific Coast, preached for \ 
us at the Chapel, taking for his subject, I 
•' Christian Growth." Much food for thought \ 
was given to all. The members here regret ; 
very much that a temporary absence of Bro. i 
Miller will be required to secure the restora- 
tion of his eyesight. We hope our read- : 
ers will join with us in earnest prayer for 
our dear brother, that a season of rest may 
restore his wonted power of vision. 



Mount Morris, 111., 



Jan, 3.1888. 



TwEXTV-EiGHT souls weve added to the 
Troutville, Va., congregation during a recent 
meeting. 

The adckess of Bro. S. X. McCann, until 
further notice, will be Stuttgart, Arkansas 
Co., Arkansas. 



Fr.OM Bro. Michael Claar we learn that ' 
fourteen penitents were gathered into the | 
fold at the Snake Spring church, Bedford j 
Co., Pa. 

Bp.u. Wm. M. "Wine reports the good news ! 
of twenty-six accessions to the Beaver Creek { 
church, Eockingham Co., Va., during the | 
early part of December last. | 



We learn that Bro. P. W. Stuckman, of 
Nappanee, Ind., has been holding some very 
successful meetings at Nappanee, Ind., which 
resulted in fifty-five accessions. Surely, the 
Lord is blessing the work! 



BiiO. ^\'. H. H. Sawyer intends traveling 
ovei- the Santa Fe Pioute in Southern and 
South-western Kansas sometime during the 
winter. Congregations desiring his ser^dces 
may address him at Everest, Brown Co., Kan. 



A blsTER in Indiana sends us ^.5.00 for the 
Poor Fund. While appreciating the value 
of the paper, she is not content until some 
of the Lord's poor have the opportunity of 
reading the Messenger. The example of 
our sister is to be commended. 



The following named brethren have been 
appointed to take charge of the Missionary 
Endowment Fund in their several State Dis- 
tricts, and have expressed a willingness to 
engage in the important work: Daniel Vani- 
man, Southern Illinois; Enoch Eby, South- 
ern Kansas; J. D. Parker, North-eastern 
Ohio; W. R. Deeter, Northern Indiana; J. 
M. Snyder, Northern Iowa; A. M. Dickey, 
Middle Iowa; S. Eiddlesperger, Northern Il- 
linois; I. J. Rosenberger, Southern Ohio; J. 
D. Haughtelin, Southern Iowa; Lewis W. 
Teeter, Southern Indiana. 



The following, from one of our ministers, 
shows some of the perplexities and even 
deprivations under which he has to labor 
while trying to break the Bread of Life to 
the hungry : " For the present, dear breth- 
ren, I will have to order the Messenger 
discontinued. I hardly know how to do 
without it, but am compelled to economize. 
I have to go forth in the work of the Master, 
though sufieriug for some of the necessaries 
of life." We gladly donate the paper to our 
brother, trusting that he may be abundantly 
blessed in his arduous labors. 



The work of the solicitor for the Mission 
Fund is sometimes not very pleasant or en- 
couraging, and were it not that the blessing 
of God is promised to the faithful worker, 
the outlook would be dark. Wo have a let- 
ter from a sister, who, though poor herself, 
gives what she can hardly spare to the good 
work. She has also been soliciting, but 
meets with so many refusals on the part of 
those amply able to give, that she feels quite 
discouraged. It is a blessed thought, how- 
ever, that our sister has the comforting as- 
surance that the Lord looks not so much to 
results as to the proper effort, and will not 
withhold the reward. 



W'y. have just printed a new edition of our 
" Certificates of Membership." They are 
neatly gotten up, in book form, thus enabling 
the clerk to keep a complete record of all 
the certificates iasued. Price, only 50 cents 
per book of 50 certificates. Give them a 
trial: 

Beo. Lewis W. Teeter, under date of 
Dec. 18, writes: "I am now at Jasper, Jas- 
per Co., Mo., holding meetings in the Dry 
Fork congregation; have been here a little 
over a week. Interest, at this time, good and 
on the increase. I expect to continue here 
until next Sunday night; will then go to 
Spring Piiver, near Carthage, Mo.; after that 
to Warrensburg, Mo. I will return home 
about Jan. 10 or l-'." 



EVANGELISTS AND MISSIONARIES. 



Some of our dear brethren who are active- 
ly and earnestly engaged in the great mis- 
sionary work of the church on the frontier, 
and who are enduring hardships like good 
soldiers of the cross, and are bearing heavy 
burdens in the Master's cause, sometimes 
feel a little discouraged when they stop long 
enough to take a survey of their surround- 
ings. 

The life and the work of our frontier 
church workers is by no means an easy one. 
They labor hard, suffer much, endure many 
privntions nnd hnrdHhipf; mid m< far Of) this 



world's goods are concerned, they receive but 
a poor compensation. It is not to be won- 
dered at, then, or deemed strange, that when 
they read accounts of the labors of brethren 
in more favored fields, that they should con- 
trast their own unfavorable situation with 
that of the evangelist who visits and preach- 
es for the large and well-established church- 
es in our Brotherhood. This^ should not, 
however, lead them in any way to think less 
of the labors of their mOre favored brethren 
who do not have so many hardships to en- 
dure. 

We have a foAv thoughts to offer in regard 
to missionary and evangelistic work in the 
church, and in order that wo may be fully 
understood we give the following definitions 
to the two words used as our caption: Mis- 
sionary.— One who carries the gospel into 
new fields, and plants churches where none 
have existed heretofore. Evangelist.— One 
who travels and preaches among the estab- 
lished churches. 

The church has need of both classes of la- 
borers, and the work of the missionary and 
evangelist is equally necessary, for it is fully 
as important to strengthen and build up the 
churches that have been established, as it is 
to plant new ones, although the latter one is 
often attended with much more labor than 
the former. This division of labor was re- 
cognized in the apostolic age of the church, 
and in Paul we have a notable example of 
the brave, intrepid missionary, who was con- 
stantly on the frontier, fighting the battles of 
the Lord. Paul was the great missionary of 
the early church. James was the elder of 
the church at Jerusalem and had, as com- 
pared with Paul's life, an easy position, but 
Paul never found fault with him because he 
remained at Jerusalem and looked after the 
interest of the cause in that and the sur- 
rounding churches. He, in speaking of 
James, refers to him as one of the pillars of 
the church, but does not say that James is 
having an easy time of it at Jerusalem, where 
the faith is well established and where he 
has a large body of faithful members of the 
church of Christ to preach to. Paul's chief 
concern was, to do well the work that the 
Lord had placed in his hands. One thing 
he did above all others and to the exclusion 
of everything else, and that was, to press for- 
ward in his calling. God had called him to 
be a missionary and a missionary he was, — 
that was the supreme business and the chief 
concern of his life. Others might have 
churches to care for or evangelistic labors to 
perform, to build up and strengthen the 
cause where it had already been established ; 
to water, Apollos-like, what Paul had plant- 
ed, but as for him, ho was a missionary, and 
to that work he devoted every thought of his 
life, and the concentrated energy of his being, 
— at all times and under all circumstances 
rejoicing that the gospel of his dear Master 
v/!i!; br-iiif,' pvenr-}io(]. 



Jan, 3, 1888. 



THE GOSPEL .VIKSSKKGER 



9 



The church to-day has need of all her va- ' 
ried talent. All aro not qualified for elders, ; 
all do not make good missionaries, all have 1 
not the special gifts requisite for evangelis- I 
tic labor. The all-important matter for each 
one is to do well, and as unto the Lord what | 
he has given them to do. If a brother be | 
richly endowed with the special spiritual ; 
gifts that qualify him for evangelistic work, ! 
if he, like Paul, knowing the terror of the i 
law can persuade men to turn to Christ, if he I 
can speak to the edification of the saints, if ' 
he can, with a master-hand, unite a church 
that has been troubled and torn by dissen- 
sion and division, then let him labor faith- 
fully in that calling, knowing that he is work- [ 
ing for the Lord, and God will richly reward | 
him for his work. Let none of us discourage i 
such a one by saying that his labor is easy ; 
and that he seeks only the light work in the 
church. If a brother has the indomitable ! 
will power and the strong individuality that \ 
impresses itself upon all whom he meets, if 
he has a spirit that opposition only encoui*- i 
ages and brings out in its full strength, if he I 
has the pluck and determination that sur- 
mounts all difficulties, and, above all, if he i 
has a heart that failures discourage not, let ' 
that brother know that his place is on the ; 
frontier doing missionary work, for he has 
the qualifications that rendered Paul such an 
efficient and successful missionary. He is i 
the man to plant churches; and, if he do his 
work well, shall he not be as fully rewarded j 
as the evangelist who succeeds in bringing | 
scores into the church, whilst the missionary ' 
sees his work grow up under his hands very | 
slowly indeed? 

Not all of our brethren have these qualifica- 
tions; indeed but few have them ; and when the ; 
church finds such a one, its first duty is to put 
him into a mission field, where his talents 
may be used to advantage. Some of our [ 
most successful evangelists would fail as 
missionaries. God has given them abilities i 
that fit them for a different line of work. | 
Neither James, the wise counselor and effi- 1 
cient bishop, nor John, the kind-hearted, I 
loving disciple, whose life Avas a living epis- 
tle of love and good-will, would have suc- 
ceeded in the work of Paul. But no one will 
say that their work was not equally as valua- [ 
ble as his. I 

The lesson we wish to draw from this is, I 
that we should not in any way disparage | 
each other's work. Has God given you the i 
qualifications that fit you for the hard knocks ' 
of the mission field? Then labor faithfully, ' 
knowing that your reward will be as your ; 
work has been. If, on the other hand, your ' 
brother is richly gifted as an evangelist, let I 
him labor in his calling as one who must ' 
give an account of his stewardship; and let > 
us all labor together for the unity of the j 
Spirit and the bond of perfectness, which j 
should, above all things, characterize the j 
church of God. ,;, • - ' p. j^. jf. j 



EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENCE. 

( Covington, Ohio, 
' ( Dec. 12. 1887. 
Dear Gospel Messenger: — 

Having received, in the fall, a request 
from the Covington church to visit it some- 
time within the winter, to assist the Breth- 
ren of that church in making a protracted 
efibrt for the edification of the church, and 
for the good of the friendly aliens, we prom- 
ised to comply with the request, if it seemed 
the will of the Lord that we should do eo. 
The idea of leaving home in the winter, and 
of going the distance we should have to go, 
and of laboring in the ministry as we would 
have to do in case we should go, Avas not so 
pleasant when looked at from a fleshly stand- 
point. But, remembering that we are not to 
confer Avith flesh and blood. Gal. 1: IG, and 
having a warm, ])rotherly feeling for the 
Covington church, we consented, as above in- 
timated. 

We have said that Ave have a Avarm, broth- 
erly feeling for the Coviugton church. In 
this church aa'C lived and labored about seven 
years. And previous to the time Ave remoA'ed 
there, while Ave yet lived in Columbiq,na, Ave 
visited the Covington church and assisted in 
a very pleasant and successful protracted 
meeting. Having been a long time acquaint- 
ed Avith this church, and having labored con- 
siderably in it, and our acquaintance having 
been of a very j^leasant character, the Avarm, 
brotherly love Ave feel for the church has 
groAvn up. And this Avarm feeling toward 
the members of the Covington church has 
been largely reciprocated by them. Un- 
der such circumstances, we felt like visiting 
the Covington church again, to revive our 
Christian friendship Avith Brethren AA'ith 
whom Ave have been acquainted, and to form 
neAv acquaintances in the church. 

Our acquaintance Avith the Covington 
church, from the first, has been pleasant. A 
considerable degree of Christian peace and 
love has prevailed in it; and Ave have shared 
in that peace and love, and have enjoyed 
them. AVe have both received and, Ave trust, 
in some measure have also given, of those 
divine graces. " Behold, hoAv good and hoAv 
pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together 
in unity! It is like the precious ointment 
upon the head, that ran down upon the 
beard, eA^en Aaron's beard: that went doAvn 
to the skirts o£ his garments; as the dew of 
Hermon, and as the deAv that descended up- 
on the mountains of Zion: for there the 
Lord commanded the blessing, even life for 
evermore." Ps. 133. Such was, to a A-ery 
considerable degree, our experience Avith the 
Covington church. And such also has been 
our experience Avith the beloved Brethren 
among Avhom our lot has been cast in the dif- 
ferent localities in which Ave have lived, and 
in AA'hich we have traveled. And Ave often 
feel that Ave Avould like to visit again the 
many places nt ■vvhich \v? hftv^ bepu. to see 



the Brethren and to give them encourage- 
ment to be faithful. So Paul felt Avhen he 
said to Barnabas, " Let us go again and visit 
our brethren where Ave have preached the 
Avord of the Lord, and see bow they do." 
Acts 15: 36. AVe may A-isit some of those 
Ave have alluded to, but it is not likely that 
Ave shall ever visit all of them. But Ave can 
communicate Avith them through the Gospel 
Messenger, and Ave are very glad that Ave 
can. And Ave regard it as a very valuable 
medium through which we can commiiuicato 
Avith one another. 

There are many Avays by Avhich avc can 
communicate Avith one another. The l^est is 
that personal communication that Ave experi- 
ence and enjoy when Ave meet each other, 
see each other, talk witli each other, and 
greet each other as the children of God and 
the disciples of Jesus. When Ave come into 
such communication Avith each other, our 
spirits, as Avell as our bodies, seem to be 
drawn together, and where there is an affini- 
ty or agreement of principle and feeling, 
there Avill be a A-ery close and enjoyable fel- 
loAvship between Christian brethren. And 
our Christian principles and practices should 
be so cultivated, and our communications 
Avith one another should be so encouraged, 
that more of that true Christian felloAvship 
and its happy effects may be enjoyed. Such 
a manner of living is acceptable to God. 

Our meeting commenced here on Thurs- 
day night, the Hth inst., with an encouraging 
audience and ai:)parently a good feeling; and 
we are enjoying ourself alnong our Brethren 
very AA^ell. The thought of the responsibili- 
ty resting on us in such an amount of labor 
as we have before us, and the thought of the 
labor itself, makes us feel that there is a 
great burden ujion us. But Ave trust it is the 
burden of the Lord, and he has declared 
that his " burden is light." And also re- 
membering that Ave are admonished to bear 
"one another's burdens," Gal. ti: 2, and trust- 
ing that our Brethren here Avill reiueinlipr 
this admonition, to keep it in helping in the 
work Avhich they have inaugurated, vre are 
hopeful that Ave shall be sustained, the 
church edified, and some wandering sheep 
gathered into the fold of Christ. There is 
ahvays encourage)neut feu- those wlio are try- 
ing to do right, and especially Avlien they are 
laboring to save the lost, they liave the sym- 
pathy and help of our blessed Lord. He 
tasted death, and that too in its most agoniz- 
ing and terrible form, for every man. And 
as he has opened a new and living Avay, by 
Avhich sinners are to be brought to God, he 
lias imposed upon his church the duty of la- 
boring to make the Avork that he has done 
effectual in saA"ing the lost. In relation to 
the fulfillment of his commission to his min- 
isters and church, he has said, "Lo, lam 
Avith you alway, even unto the end oi' liie 
Avorld," . • ■ ■ Fraternally, 

■J. Q. 



lO 



M ti «>OSFH;i. AlJi^SSHNOH^K 



Jan. 3, 1888. 



Xoti'ft jroiu oar i'orrcfijtaiKhiifs. 

'"As cokl Tvator is to a thirsty soul, so is jroiHi news 
from a far country." 



—Sister Mary E. Colo, of Forest City, Mo., 
wishes to learn the whereabouts of Anthony 
Souafrauk. Tliose. able to give the desired 
information, will please address as above. 

— Sister Sallie Shankster, of Ainger, Ohio, 
reports the death of their elder, Bro. Jacob 
Shaneour. He departed this life Dee. 5. 
The ohuroh deeply f<-els tbe loss sustained 
ill his deatli. 

— Eld. Charles Burns, of Edna Green, 
Intl., we understand, is now connected Avitli 
Bro. B. A. Hadsell, of Chicago, in the •'Plain 
Clothing"' business. Bro. Burns is now can- 
vassing Northern Ohio. 

—Bro. G. C. Wilkin, of the AVhite Oak 
church, Ohio, reports a pleasant love-feast 
held Nov. 'i^. They were well supplied with 
ministerial help. They expected to com- 
mence a series of meetings on Christmas. 

— The North Star church, Ohio, held a 
love-feast Oct. 2i). The meeting is reported 
to have been quite interesting. The minis- 
terial force was ample, and many good in- 
structions will long be remembered by all. 

— Bro. Abraham Wolf, of West Chester, 
Washington Co., Iowa, writes: "We, the 
members of the Crooked Creek church, have 
enjoyed a pleasant season of meetings. Eld. 
John Gable, of Mahaska county, wielded the 
Sword of the Spirit with power, and, though 
there were no additions, yet we think good 
impressions were made, and the members 
encouraged." 

— The Brethren in the vicinity of luka, 
111., are greatly in need of ministerial help. 
Bro. David Cripps wishes to state to all 
those, contemplating a chajjge of location, 
that farms in that vicinity are cheap, and 
that superior inducements will be given in 
order to have a minister locate there. Ad- 
dress him as above. 

— Bro. J. F. Piobertson, of the Salem 
church, Forsyth Co., N. C., says: " Nov. 2.3, 
brethren Daniel Peters and Samuel .Crum- 
packer came to our place and preached eight 
sermons to good and attentive congregations. 
On Monday evening, the 28th, the brethren 
and sisters came together for love-feast ex- 
ercises. It was indeed a feast to the soul. 
The scene was looked upon by a large as- 
sembly with great interest. May the good 
seed sown be attended with the blessing of 
the Holy Spirit, and ripen in future days." 

— Bro. Levi D. Bosserman, of Carson City, 
Mich., writes a short essay, from which we 
glean a few thoughts: " Sometimes our moth- 
ers in Israel go to extremes in regard to their 
Saturday's work. They work until late into 
the night, and then feel tired on Sunday, 
which, of all days, should be a day of rest. 
Then, too, some of our sisters do too much 
work on Sunday. This is all wrong. Let us 
not forget the commandment: ' Piemember 
the sabbath day to keep it holy.' It is im- 
portant that we, as a church, should be a 
light unto the world in this as well as every- 
thing el-e." 



— Bro. .lohn Snocberger, of Camden, Car- 
roll Co., Ind., under date of Dec. 11, writes: 
" The members of the Lower Deer Creek 
church met in council Nov. 11, to transact 
some business, - to hold an Section for 
one minister and to ordain a brother to the 
full ministry. The lot fell on Bro. Samuel 
Bechtelheimer for elder, and James Kenne- 
dy for minister." 

— Bro. L. E. Miller, of the Bremen chuich, 
: Ind., says: "Bro. J. il. Millei', of Milford, 
Ind., closed one week's meetings last night, 
; at the Hepton church. One confessed Christ 
and was buried with Christ in baptism, and 
rose to walk in newness of life. May our 
young brother be a shining light to his older 
and younger brothers, who have not yet come 
to Christ! May they hasten to turn before 
it is too late." 

From Pierre, Dak., Bro. H. Eohrer 
writes: " We are still striving to serve the 
Lord as best we can, in our isolated condi- 
tion. We have not the Brethren's church to 
I go to. We have not met a brother, or heard 
I one preach, for nearly five years. I hope 
: some one may see and realize that we are in 
' need of some one to preacli for us here. We 
have children growing up, and would like 
very much to have the benefit of the Breth- 
ren's doctrine for them. We hope the good 
I Lord will incline some one to come to our 
rescue." 



CORRESPONDENCE. 



"Write what thou seest, and send it unto the churches.' 



From Abilene, Kan. 



TiiE Brethren of the Chapman Creek 
church, Dickinson Co., Kan., commenced a se- 
ries of meetings on the 21st ult. Bro. John 
Hurnbarger came to their assistance on the 
22nd, and remained six days. Bro. P. Pi. 
Wrightsmau came here on the 29th, and the 
writer, Dec. 1. The interest in the meetings 
has been increasing. On the 3rd inst, nine 
Avere received by baptism, and one was re- 
stored. Two more applicants are yet to be 
baptized. A love-feast will be held here to- 
night. The church, and indeed the whole 
neighborhood, is greatly revived, and the eld- 
er, our veteran brother, John Forney, has 
special reasons to rejoice. « S. Z. SnAiir. 

Dec. r>. 

•-.«-• 

From New Berlin, Ohio. 



i Brethren Pteuben Shroyer and C. Kahler 
began a series of meetings Dec. 1; closed on 
I the 7th. Two sisters were received into the 
; church, and many lasting impressions were 
made upon the minds of both saint and sin- 
i ner. The brethren labored hard for the pro- 
' motion of the cause of our Master and the 
\ conversion of sinners. Wo believe their ef- 
forts will be further rewarded by the turning 
' of souls to Christ. There are many precious 
; souls that should be in the church at this 
I place. There are many Brethren's children, 
: and others, friendly to the cause, wJio, for 
! reasons best known to themselves, still de- 
I lay their return to God, May the time 



speedily come when they will ..turn in Avith 
the m-ertures of mercy, and know Jesus to 
the pardon of their sins. During the year 
1887, ten i)ersons have been received into 
our church. Six have been previously re- 
ported. May some one be able to report a 
greater number of accessions to the church 
at the close of the coming year! 

Isaac Hall. 



From Platte Valley Church, Nebr. 

Our series of meetings, at the Boone Creek 
church, passed off pleasantly. Nov. 18, Eld. 
George Stambaugh and wife, of Cass county, 
also Bro. Adam Smith, of Lancaster Co., 
Nebr., came among us. The brethren 
preached thirteen sermons for us; a good in- 
terest was manifested. The result was, that 
five were received into the church by bap- 
tism. One dear woman desired to be re- 
ceived but the hand of atiiiction was resting 
upon her, hence the baptism is deferred as 
yet. The dear brethren shun not to declare 
the Avhole counsel of God; they speak with 
power. 

We also met in council Nov. 22, at the 
same place. Our elder, J. P. Moomaw, who 
has the oversight of the little flock, was pres- 
ent. The business that was before us passed 
off in love, union and harmony. May the 
Lord go with the brethren and bless their 
labors, and all others who are willing to 
spend their time for his cause. Salvation is 
free to all, but w^e must do our part and press 
on toward the mark of the high calling. 

Levi L. Meck. 



From West Conestoga Church, Pa. 

The above-named church has agreed to 
build a meeting-house, 10x50 feet, in our 
quiet town Lititz. The Moravians furnished 
the land at a certain price. The house was 
built in a plain and suitable form for the 
Brethren. On Nov. 27 the first day's servic- 
es were held. It being a very pleasant day, 
the house was filled three times to its ut- 
most capacity ; morning, afternoon and even- 
ing. Brethren John Newcomer, S. E. Zug, 
David Schidt and Adam Shope were present, 
and assisted our home ministers. The first 
sermon was preached by Bro. S. E. Zug, us- 
ing as his text, " It is written. My house is 
called the house of prayer; but ye have made 
it a den of thieves." Matt. 21: 13. During 
the meetings good order prevailed, consider- 
ing tliose who were outside and those who 
had no seats. May God help us to keep this 

house as a house of prayer! 

A. W. Zug. 



From Rossville, Ind. 



On last Sunday another young sister was 
added to the Pyrmont congregation by bap- 
tism. This makes three additions since 
Sept. 20, 1887. We believe there are others 
near the kingdom. There is some sickness 
in our neighborhood, such as lung and ty- 
phoid fever. The drouth seems to be over. 
We are having a great deal of rain at pres- 
ent. D. A. Huffori). 

Dec. a, i««7. 



Jail. 3, 1888. 



THF GOSPHL IVIESSBNGER 



11 



From Pioneer, Mo. 



On the evening of Nov. 23, we bade Kan- 
sas adieu, having spent the time, since June 
G, in the mission field. During that time we 
preached 186 sermons, with what results 
eternity alone can tell. We tried to follow 
God's bidding, in watering and planting, and 
trusting results to him. We found many 
warm-hearted and zealous brethren, Avliile 
some are "at ease in Zion," but we are glad 
that the majority are "pressing toward the 
mark for the prize of the high calling in 
Christ Jesus." The churches are made up 
of Brethren from the different Eastern 
States, and thus seem to feel the necessity 
of coming direct to the principles of the 
Brotherhood, especially on matters of dress. 
Many of our eastern churches would blush 
Avitli shame, did they realize what their in- 
fluence upon other churches and upon their 
isolated members is. I say isolated, because 
they do not find a home when they come to 
a place where the church is in order, or 
rather, they do not feel at home, and thus 
they live out in the cold world, — worldly and 
still growing more so, "ashamed to suffer 
for Christ." 

What will become of those members who, 
because of home influences, have learned to 
love the world better than Christ or his 
cause? What will become of the churches 
who nurse these flesh-born babes'? Are they 
innocent of the blood of Christ? Let those 
answer who are guilty. 

The Kansas churches and people deserve 
praise for their good order and behavior 
while at church. Never has it been my 
privilege to work so long among a people 
without finding more disorderly persons than 
I found there. This speaks well for the peo- 
ple and will always merit praise from all. 

Another point of merit in favor of Kansas 
society is brought out by a comparison be- 
tween it and this place. I have been here 
six days only, and seen more tobacco used 
and spit over the floor than I did during six 
months in Kansas. Fewer brethren in Kan- 
sas, according to number, have this ugly 
habit tlian anywhere I have been. W^hile 
the Brethren and j)eople of Kansas are mod- 
els, worthy of imitation, in many things, wo 
have somewhat against some of them. Eor 
the first time in our lives did we bow at the 
family altar of our Brethren, and find the 
children of the family sitting up as though 
they were too proud to bow upon their knees. 
It grieved us so much that we could hardly 
pray, and made us feel as if we were not at 
home, Brethren, why is it so? Is the fault 
with you or with the children? No wonder 
that there is a growing lack of reverence at 
onr worship. 

Never before did we see members taken 
into the church without a private church 
council. Brethren, is the work of repentance 
so much deeper wrought, so much surer than 
in apostolic times, that you need not use 
gospel means to see whether these are true 
works, meet for repentance? Acts 20: 20. 
^Can these little things be dispensed with? 
■' ■ • '■■- '■'■> ■'" ft N. McOAfJN. 



From La Place, 111. 

On Nov. 22 Bro. David Nefl", from Koann, 
Ind., commenced a series of meetings in the 
Okaw church. He preached thirteen ser- 
mons. Four precious souls made the good 
coafession and were baptized. Bro. Neff 
wielded the Sword with power and shunned 
not to declare the whole Truth. Sinners 
were made to weep, and we think many good 
resolutions were formed; we hope they will 
carry them out. The members were much 
revived and encouraged, and love prevails. 
The cloud which has been hanging over us 
so long, is moving, and we now see some rays 
of the sun. E. F. Wolf. 



From Ephrata, Pa. 



Bito. John Floky, of BridgeAvater, Va., 
came and held a series of meetings in the 
Mohlej: meeting-house, commencing Nov. 11). 
In the beginning it looked a little dark, but 
Bro. Flory made the gospel of Jesus so plain 
that it pierced into the hearts, and the dark 
cloud was removed. Fifteen souls came out 
and gave us their hand and the Savior their 
heart. May God add his blessings so that 
they can stand the storms. Ten were bap- 
tized in Spriugville, in a spring, where there 
is clear water. The other five will be bap- 
tized some time in the future. We had in 
these meetings good order, and the earnest 
exhortations aroused the whole congregation. 
May God add his blessings to all mankind! 

J. B. Kellek. 



Explanations Desired. 



In G. M., No. 49, last volume, is a very 
fair presentation of the characteristics of the 
" Brethren Church," by Eld. J. H. Moore, 
but I notice under the paragraph headed 
"Faith, Eepentance and Baptism," several 
statements which are not clear to me. I ask 
him to explain, first, in what sense "faith 
changes the heart;" second, why he says " re- 
pentance is a change of conduct;" third, why 
he says that "faith precedes repentance." 
I hope Bro. Moore will be pleased to explain 
as desired, and support his explanations by 
the Scriptures. If he does, I may possibly 
follow them with the reasons which led to 
asking for the explanations alluded to. 

8. S. MoHLEi;. 



From Hawthorn, Alachua Co., Fla. 



I LEFT Lawrence, Kans., Sept. 28, for 
Hawthorn, Fla. I arrived there Oct. 1. 
My family and my afliicted little daughter 
stood the journey well. We were met at the 
train by Bro. J. P. Crumpacker, and found 
the brother in usual good health. There 
are seventeen members near the town. I am 
well impressed with the country, and people. 
The climate, I think, will suit me, as my 
health has improved very much. There is a 
good opening here for men of small or large 
means. We are located in what is called 
the Highland of Florida, and: as far as I can 
learn, Ave have above the average quality of 



land. I found the country to l)e all that I 
hoped to find it, and I think it will surpass 
my expectation in the production of grains, 
fruits and vegetables. I think many breth- 
ren who are in delicate health might be ben- 
efitted here, but I advise any desiring to 
come here to live, not to expect too much. 
We live twelve miles from Keuka, and are 
connected by railroad. Alachua county has 
a Local Option Law in force. The monster 
alcohol is in the background, and the State 
doubtless Avill soon pass the Prohibition 
Law. The people are friendly and kind, and 
welcome the Northern emigration. HaAv- 
thorn is nicely located on the banks of Lake 
Alliance, the finest lake of its size. This 
country is beautifully elevated and Avell- 
adapted for building. Our Brethren are 
nearly all located Avithin one mile of the cor- 
poration line. We think of building a 
church and school-house in the near future. 

F. Sherfy. 



From Burr Oak Church, Kans. 



OuK love-feast Avas held Oct. 28, and Ave 
had a meeting that Avas refreshing to the soul. 
Several ministers and a number of lay mem - 
bers were Avith us. On Sunday, Bro. Bech- 
telheimer, from Nebraska, preached a mis- 
sionary sermon, showing us the necessitj' of 
helping to spread the gospel. In Matt. 28: 
19, AA'e are commanded as folloAvs: " Go ye 
therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing 
them in the name of the Father, and of the 
Son, and of the Holy Ghost." Let us think 
about this, Avake up and go to Avork! Thou- 
sands are starving for the Bread of Life! 
Emma Hachenberg. 



Odds and Ends. 



By the grace of God I have been permitted 
to finish up the summer's business engage- 
ments, and am noAv en rouie to the congrega- 
tion of Bro. Daniel Baker, of Frederick Co., 
Va., 150 miles north of Roanoke City, to as- 
sist in a sei'ies of meetings. It Avas in 
an adjoining congregation that a successful 
meeting of four Aveeks Avas held last Februa- 
ry. It is pleasing to see that the churches 
generally are acting on the advice of the late 
Annual Meeting, in holding continued meet- 
ings, and blessed results are following, as 
they always Avill, AAdien they are properly 
conducted. 

One by one are the denominations of the 
day surrendering the Lord's outposts to the 
enemy. This time it is on the line of 
"Amusements." Satan has possession of 
Forts Peace, Self-denial and Humility, and 
mounted the guns of Avar, — Self-gratification 
and Pride. He has arrayed all the popular 
denominations against the most jirominent 
characteristics of the primitiA-e church, as il- 
lustrated in the doctrine and practice of our 
church. 

E\'en the once staid, prim, old Baptist 
church, the forefathers of Avhich i)0ured out 
their blood as a willing libation in tlie val- 
leys of Piedmont and Languedoc, and on 
other bistorio fields, for a testimouy against 



I'^ 



rH£ GOSPEL MESSENOER 



Jan. 3, 1888 , 



the corruptious of au apostate Christeudoiu, 
are now payiug williug obeisauoo to tlio de- 
uiHnds of a pleasure-loviug ago. 

At a receut congress, held by that dojuuui- 
iiatiou at ludiauapolis, they discussed " the 
l>ropor attitude of the church to amuso- 
lueuts." The discussion is reported "as a 
very conservative one." and the ruk^ laid 
down was, that ''individual judgment and 
conscience is, after !\11, Avhat must be relied 
on for regulating the use and abuse of recre- 
ation." Sto this ancient witness fur Jesus is, 
in one thing after ttuother, luakiug peace 
witli tlie world and the rtesh, and losing her 
identity with her glorious martyr's history. 

As the body of Christ, the Jerusalem that 
is from above, the mother of us all ( if she 
be that) she has no word of warning against 
the fascinating, seductive charms of the 
theater, the circus, the bowliug-alley, the 
billiard table, and each and all of the large 
family of time-aud-piet}--killing devices. In 
the days of her glory, her children were un- 
willing participants in the public shows, as 
food for wild beasts, furnishing sport for 
bloody-minded spectators, to make a heathen 
])oliday. Let angels weep when the Master 
is wouuded in the house of his friends. 

Samuel Sanger. 



of our home miuisleriug brethren commenced 
a mooting in the central part of our congre- 
gation, and it still coutinues with glorious 
results. Up to last night about twenty-fiive 
came forward, aud others are ready to step 
iuto the troubled waters. These meetings 
demonstrated that home ministers can do 
successful work, aiul we will say, Get efficient 
laborers from other fields if you can; but if 
not, go to work in earnest, and the Lord will 
bless the etYort. B. F. TNIoomaw. 



From Botetourt Church. Va. 



On the fourth Sunday of November the 
new meeting-house built on the eastern bor- 
der of this county, by Bro. George Riley, at 
his own expense, costing six or seven hun- 
dred dollars, was dedicated in the presence 
of a very large congregation of all varieties 
of professors, and others who made no pro- 
fession. Not many of them had been famil- 
iar with the faith and practice of the Breth- 
ren. The house was named, as printed on 
the wall above the minister's table. 



* * * 

I BETHESDA * 

I HOUSE OK MERCY * 



The text chosen for the occasion was John 
■j: 2. The preaching was listened to with 
interested attention. The meeting was then 
continued, and closed on the evening of Dec. 
t), the house being well filled at every meet- 
ing, by au intelligent aud appreciative audi- 
ence. The line of preaching was mainly 
doctrinal, so that those people, not having 
been educated under the influence of our 
Brotherhoo<l, might learn to know what we 
1)elieve and irh/j we do believe it. Of course 
a door was opened, and affectionate invita- 
tions were given to any who could intelligent- 
ly decide to unite with the church. Yet 
they were advised to count the cost and be 
fully persuaded in their own minds. There 
were no accessions, but when we bade them 
farewell, a number asked to be remembered 
at the Throne of Grace, saying that they 
were going to persevere in search of the 
truth as revealed in the Bible. "We have 
reason to believe that our labor was not in 
vain in the Lord, and that in due time a har- 
vest will b:-' reaped. At the same time some 



Money Received for Sister Sumstiue's Church. i 

For. some time I have been receiving mon- j 
ey to help pay the indebtedness on the 8a- ' 
lem ( Nebr. ) meeting-house. Now, in behalf | 
of sister E. M. Sumstine, I will thank all [ 
the brethren and sisters who have responded i 
so liberally. May the Lord bless all who ■ 
give to any good work! If there are any i 
brethren or sisters, who have not given any- 
thing toward paying the debt, aud feel like 
doing so, they will please send their contri- 
butions to sister E. M. Sumstine, Salem, Nebr. 

S. Kuhn, Naperville, £11., $2 00 

T. B. Priser, Packertou, Ind., 1 00 ! 

Maria Swinehart, Ohio, 25 I 

A brother, 50 j 

J, A. Bowers, Sabetha, Kans., 1 00 

Total amount received, $4 75 i 

Lizzie Millek. 
Ml Morris, 111 



must be! Many new stoues wo saw as we 
passed through the yard. Many have gone 
to the silent tomb since we last visited the 
Manor Hill cemetery. But if we live in ac- 
cordance to the gospel, Ave can die with the 
full assurance of having part in the first and 
best resurrection. My prayer is that we may 
hold out faithfully, asking God to give us 
strength and grace to withstand all trials, 
that we may come out more than conquerors, 
through Him who has loved us. 

Mary S. Harshbarokk. 
Huntingdon, Pa., Dec. 4. 



From Moore's Store, Va. 



Notes by the Way. 



This evening finds us in good health, and { 

i under the kind care of our Eastern home, i 

I 

j Last Sunday we had the pleasure of being : 
j among the "little ones "of Huntingdon, which ; 
Ave enjoyed very much indeed. AVe Avere : 
with sister Lizzie Howe, and her little family '' 
of about thirty. What can be more pleasing \ 
to Jesus, than putting forth our energies ; 
in trying to teach the young to walk in the j 
ways of the Lord! Solomon said, " Train up 
a child in the way he should go, and Avhen he 
is old, he Avill not depart from it." 

Last Sunday aa'C had the pleasure of listen- 
ing to an impressive sermon from our 
old friend and neighbor, Mr. Adair, a Pres- 
byterian minister, whom we found very so- 
ciable and kind. After we had talked quite 
a Avhile, he asked, " Have you a church out 
in the West?" "Ye«," Ave said, "we have." 
"Well," he replied, "hold up your banner!" 
Brethren, let us pray for grace to hold forth 
the Word in its simplicity and power! We 
must be faithful if we want to gain a crown. 
In some places our banner seems to be, oh, 
so low! Let us hold it up; the Avorld will 
give us more credit than when we let it drop. 
The angels will rejoice, and Heaven Avill be 
glad. I am Avell aAvare that it becomes a 
cross sometimes, and a heavy one, but let us 
bear our cross meekly, that we may obtain a 
crown, after all the turmoils of life are over! 
Last Thursday morning Ave visited the si- 
lent grave of mother Harshbarger. We saw 
nothing but the still, cold sod, and the white 
stone in memory of the sleeping body. Hoav 
sad is the thought that as they are, so we 



A MEETING at Timberville, Ya., of about 
tAvo Aveeks' duration, closed on Wednesday, 
Dec. 7. During the meeting sixty-nine souls 
were added to the church by the initiatory 
rite. Bro. Mohler, of Pennsylvania, Avas the 
instrument in the hands of God, in present- 
ing the truth to the people, convincing the 
understanding, piercing the heart, and arous- 
ing the will, that whole families were con- 
verted, — sinners Avho had been standing out- 
side the church for years, entered joyfully 
the service of their Redeemer with their 
children. Never Avas there such an aAvaken- 
ing in the community. The meeting-house, 
a large structure, one of the most commodi- 
ous in the Valley, Avas well filled Avith at- 
tentive hearers, — at times to overflowing. 
The roads Avere in good condition, and the 
weather quite favorable, rendering it possi- 
ble for many to attend from a distance and 
to return to their homes each night. The 
interest seemed to Aviden and deepen as the 
work moved on. Thirty-six Avere baptized 
in the beautiful Avaters of the Shenandoah 
River, by three administrators, on Thursday ; 
twenty-two on the following Sunday, by 
three administrators; and on the folloAving 
Wednesday eleven more Avere baptized, by 
tAvo administrators. The administrators en- 
gaged in the Avork at the same time in each 
case. It was a scene that made deep impres- 
sions upon all. 

A number of families Avere made unspeak- 
ably happy by the conversion of all their 
dear children. Eld. S. H. Myers, Daniel 
Zigler, Emmanuel Hoover and Robert Starks 
are names that I feel to chronicle as the 
brethren Avhose prayers Avere answered in 
having their households added to the fold. 
A number of our ministers, too, received a 
gracious blessing in witnessing their chil- 
dren joining in the consecrated number. 
Bro. John F. Driver's two daughters, Bro. 
Joseph Wample's son, Bro. Frederick Wam- 
ple's son, and my own dear daughter and lit- 
tle son, not yet tAveh'e years old, Avere among 
the number. The baptizing was done at Bro. 
Samuel Smucker's, avIio had the joy of see- 
ing three of his children enter the service of 
Christ. About half the number baptized 
AA'ere from Linnville Creek. The minister- 
ing brethren from that arm Avere present 
nearly all the time. 

Bro. Mohler's manner of preaching ia easy 
and natural, presenting food to the mind, in- 
teresting the child as well as engaging the 



Jan, 'S, 



HE. GOSPHL me:ssb:ncxH.r. 



profoiindest reasoning iDowers of the philos- 
opher. He works with the church in the 
order of the church, defending her doctrine 
in detail, and no one can long listen to his | 
arguments but will be convinced that the | 
practice of the church is the teaching of the ' 
gospel. This, his first visit to the Shenan- 
doah Vallej^ has been signally blessed, and 
marks an era in the history of the old Flat 
Rock church that will remain while memory 
lasts. To God, the only wise, be ascribed all 
the honor now and evermore. Amen. 

Daniel Hays. 



From the South Beatrice Church, Nebr. 



Our love-feast was a pleasant occasion. 
Eld. Stambaugh, from Cass county, this 
State, and Bro. Sollenberger, from Illinois, 
were with us. Our feast was held on Friday 
evening. The house was not crowded as it 
has been on other occasions, and there was 
very good order. Our home ministers held 
meetings for a week before the feast. Three 
were baptized. 

The most solemn feast I ever witnessed, 
was held on Saturday evening, at the house 
of a brother, near the church. At that house 
a sister has been sick for a long time, and 
slie was unable to attend the meeting at the 
church. About a dozen members, with Eld. 
Stambaugh, went there, and the sister arose 
from her bed, and sat in an armchair, at the 
Lord's table. She seemed to be much re- 
freshed, and glad for the opportunity of seiw- 
ing the Lord. We thought, Avhile sitting at 
the table, how thankful we ought to be that 
we can go to the house of God, meet with his 
children, wash one another's feet, and salute 
one anotl^r with a kiss of charity! We are 
neve7' so happy as when we do what the Lord 
tells us to do. • 

' We were truly encouraged, and feel like 
pressing onward and upward again, and ask 
the Lord to help us in our weakness. We 
often feel the need of a word of encourage- 
ment. Brethren and sisters, remember us in 
your prayers! When done with earth and 
its cares, may we be permitted to enjoy 
heaven through eternity! Lydia Dell. 



Bro. I. M. Gibson camo to us and com- 
menced a series of meetings Monday even- 
ing, Nov. 7. The meetings were reasonably 
well attended, considering the busy time of 
the year. Bro. Gibson is not " ashamed of 
the gospel of Christ." I think he is taking 
Paul's advice to Timothy, " Stiidy to show 
thyself approved, a workman that needeth 
not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word 
of truth." His wife was with him also. Let 
us pray, dear brethren and sisters, that we 
may be found faithful when Jesus comes to 
gather his children home! 

Elizabeth N. Leer. 
Fwmersville, III. 



Thanksgiving Offering-. 



Aiiionii/.< licccivrd lo Dit. 26, iSSy. 

C. Chaffin, Berlin, Wis !»; 2 00 

Martinsburg church. Clover Creek, Pa. 9 00 

Huntingdon church, Pa 10 84 

A friend, Huntingdon, Pa 1 00 

A sister. Sugar Creek, Ind 20 

Mrs. Susan Shultz, Lewistown, Mo. . . 5 00 

Ira E. yopkins, Dayton, Wash. Ter.. 20 00 

Isaac Shively, Kincaid, Ivans 75 

L D. Wilkeson, Rushville, 111 4 00 

Sabetha church, Sabetha, Kans 6 00 

Church at Hatfield, Pa G 06 

South Waterloo church, Waterloo, la. 5 00 

M. Snyder, Conrad Grove, la 2 00 

A brother, Lanark, 111 1 00 

Dan'l Bollinger k wife, Elkhart, Ind. 2 00 
D. L. Miller, Treas. 

Two Sticks. 



Joy and Sadness. 



I iLVYE been a reader of tlie church papers 
for eighteen years. It is a welcome visitor 
to our house, and I can scarcely wait from 
one week to the other for it. It gives me 
innch pleasure to read Bro. C. 11. Bals- 
baugh's nrticles, and to hear from the differ- 
ent churches. 

Death hns come among us and taken away 
our much-loved father, Bro. John E. Stude- 
Imker, who departed this life Nov. 3, aged 
sixty-four years, six months and twenty-one 
days. He leaves an aged wife and six chil- 
dren (all in the church) to mourn their loss. 
He was devoted and faithful in the Master's 
work, and his earnest desire was the salva- 
tion of those around him. The funeral was 
one of the largest ever seen in this neighbor- 
hood. The services were conducted by Eld. 
M. J. McClure. 



Copies of this work have been sent to all 
who ordered, and, by this time, it is hoped, 
agents are biisy gathering orders. Should 
any one not receive the book after ordering, 
please write me. Single copies may be or- 
dered from the Brethren's Publishing Co., 
Mt. Morris, III., from the G. B. Brethren's 
Tract Work, Dayton, Ohio, and from the 
writer. Agents should send their orders to 
me at McPherson, Kans. . >—- ^ 

Larkins and Sheller, Lanark, 111., are Gen- 
eral Agents for Carroll, AVhiteside, Jo 
Daviess and Stephenson counties, III., and 
their agents must order supplies through 
the General Agents for those counties. 

x^gents wanted every-where. Ijiberal 
terms to earnest, active workers. I will be- 
stow a valuable gift on the agents who sell 
100, 200, 300, 400, or 500 copies each. Send 
for special terms. I propose to pay accord- 
ing as a man works. The Lord rewards ac- 
cording to the deeds— BO may we. If you 
wish to work, send $1.00 for a book and get 
my offers. Keep this for future reference. 

Addresy, M. M. Eshelman, 

McPherson, Kans. 



and at 9 A. M. went into session with the 
Trustees. Devotional exercises were con- 
ducted by Eld. J. D. Trostle. 

Inasmuch as we could not see the necessi- 
ty of such a Board of Visitors, we requested 
an explanation of what was expected of us as 
a committee, and after being informed as to 
our duty, we saw at once the necessity of in- 
vestigating the course pursued by the Locat- 
ing Committee, which course we learned had 
been severely criticised. The Board gave 
us free access to all their papers, and, upon a 
careful examination of all the facts in the 
case, the barrier which formerly hindered 
us from accepting <jur places was entirely 
removed. 

The line of our investigation covered the 
work of the educational meeting at Ottawa, 
the work of the Locating Committee, and the 
work of the Building Committee thus far, and 
it is gratifying to us to be able to say that 
the entire work has been such as to recom- 
mend itself to the careful scrutiny of our 
Brethren in Kansas, and we feel that the 
Trustees are at all times willing to lay all 
their work open to such investigation. We 
have consented to accept our appointment as 
a Board of Visitors and to continue to serve 
as such as long as said Board of Trustees 
shall continue their present manner of Avork. 

J. D. Trostle, 
B. B. Whitmer, 
Enoch Eby. 
atpendix. 

Duty calling me away, I submitted the 
' dictation and writing of the above article to 
the elders whose names are annexed, who 
also sent it to me for inspection. I would 
therefore remark that, upon the whole, it is 
not just Avhat my iinderstanding and judg- 
ment would have dictated, yet I am Milling 
to subscribe my name with the understand- 
ing that the phrase, " Present manner of 
work," does not include any prospective 
work, especially in the erection and finishing 
of the school buildings, and that there shall 
be no specified length of time for our ser- 
vice. Enoch Ebv. 

Dec. 24, 18S7. 



Report of Visiting Board of McPherson 
College, Kansas. 



According to previous notice, the Board 
of Visitors, appointed by the Trustees of the 
McPherson College and Industrial Institute, 
met at McPherson on the 18th of December, 



From Tipton, Cedar Co,, Iowa. 

Oct. 28, we boarded the train, in company 
with Bro. Hipes, and others, en rouie for 
Linn Co., to attend the love-feast which took 
place, Oct. 29 and 30. After a pleasant ride 
we arrived at Cedar Rapids, where we were 
met and conveyed to Bro. Snyder's. We at- 
tended the feast next day, which was truly 
an enjoyable one. The brethren and sisters 
of Linn county are all alive to the cause and 
in earnest. On Sunday morning the audi- 
ence listened to a very appropriate sermon 
by Bro. David Roland, of Illinois. The sub- 
ject v.-as, the memorable marriage of Can a of 
Galilee. Bro. Hipes has been laboring for 
us in Cedar county for nearly four weeks. 
One dear soul made the good confession and 
was baptized. I hope the Brethren Avill re- 
member us, and come and preach for us. I 
believe that some are counting the cost. 

Anna M, Woods. 



L4 



FHE OOSPlil. iMKSS>..NrTt.R. 



Jan. 3, 1888. 



From Baltimore, Md. 



Mr>. James Qli>"L-vx, 

Penr Sir: — 

I FEEL it my duty to com- 
municate to you my thanks for the deep in- 
terest you have manifested in the welfare of 
my two sons, Charles and Joseph, both tem- 
porally and spiritually. I hereby express 
my gratitude, and bid you God-speed in your 
good work of bringing up the young in the 
nurture and admonition of the Lord. You ! 
can expect a reward from Him who is the 
Giver of every good and perfect gift. I have 
reasons to be thankful for the proof and sin- 
cerity of their faith in the cause they have 
espoused. I pray they may be steadfast, and 
know that it will save them from a thousand 
snares, to embrace religion in their young 
days. It will prove a blessing and an honor 
to their parents. 

As to the Boys' Bible Class, I think it one 
of the best of auxiliaries to the church. Save 
the boys of this generation, and the next gen- 
eration of men will all be Christians and 
God-fearing men. Train a child in the way 
he should go, and when he is old, he will not 
depart from it. I have been a careful ob- 
server of the seed sown, and what has been 
demonstrated, shows that it has taken root 
in good soil, and, I trust, may bring an abun- 
dant harvest. I hope you may be encour- 
aged to go on in the good work. Weary not 
in well-doing. Cast your bread upon the 
waters, that it may be gathered after many 
days. 

In conclusion I would say that you have 
my prayers and best wishes for your efforts 
in the work of Christian love. 



I 



Oct. ir>. 



•Oh, do not be discouraged, 

For Jesus is your Friend; 
He'll give you grace to conquer, 

And keep you to the end!" 

H. Ellis. 



From Sand Creek Church, Kans. 



This church has again enjoyed a little sea- 
son of refreshing from the presence of the 
Lord. Nov. 22 our elder, Isaac Studebaker, 
of Quinter, in company with Bro. John 
Wertz and B. Ikenberry, came to us and 
commenced meeting that evening. On the 
24th, Eld. John Ikenberry and others, also 
from Quinter, arrived. We had quarterly 
council next day; all passed off pleasantly, 
though there was not as good a turnout of 
meml^ers as we would like to have seen. 
The meetings were continued over Sunday 
in this neighborhood, Ijy brethren John 
Ikenberry and Wertz, while Bro. Studebaker 
went to Bow Creek, on Friday evening, the 
25th, to hold meetings over Sunday at that 
place. All had their spiritual strength re- 
newed. The church would be very grateful 
if a minister would locate ^vith them, as the 
■wTiter expects soon to move to other parts. 

G. W. BUCKMASTEK. 



burg and Mechanicsburg. Several brethren 
were written for, and Bro. S. H. l^tz, of 
Maryland, responded to the call. He com- 
menced the meetings on the evening of Nov. 
21. The meetings were held in the Advent 
church. Their membership is small, and 
they kindly offered us the use of their house 
of worship. The meetings were well attend- 
ed. On Sunday evening the house was 
crowded, and the people were very attentive 
to the preaching of the Word. The Breth- 
ren have not preached there for ten or twelve 
years. We were sorry the meetings were 
closed, as the interest seemed to be increas- 
ing. Some of the churches withdrew their 
appointments, so as to permit their members 
to attend the meetings. 

Bro. Utz labored faithfully. May his 
work be crowned with success! There are 
no members living in that town, yet the 
people showed us no little kindness, for 
which we return thanks. We feel that our 
meetings will be a benefit to both saint and 
sinner, if we profit by what we heard. 

Leah T. Condry. 

Mechanicshurg, Pa. 

Matrimonial. 

ROWLAND— DROUD.— At the residence of the of- 
ficiating clergyman, Dec. 3, Mr. Ezra -L. Rowland 
and Miss Eva Droud, both of Kosciusko Co., Ind. 

Saml'el Leckroxe. 

YODER — ^JONES. — At tlie residence of brother and 
sister John Neher, Nov. 22, by Eld. Javan Gibson, 
Bro. Samuel E. Yoder, of Iowa, and sister Mary 
Jones, of Bond Co., 111. S. Neher. 



Fallen Asleep. 



From the Lower Cumberland Church, Pa. 



Some time ago a request was made to the 
Brethren to hold a week's meetings at Shire- 
manstown, a small village botween Harrie- 



"Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord " 

MILLER.— In the Pleasant Valley District, Augusta 
Co., Va., Nov. 17, Eld. John Miller, aged 73 years, 9 
months and 11 days. 

Deceased was confined to his room for about three 
months, and suffered a great deal, but he bore it pa- 
tiently'. He knevv his end was nearing, and called for 
the elders and was anointed. We held a communion 
at his house Oct. 31. He has gone to leap his reward. 

Daniel Miller. 

ARMEY. — In the Eel River church, Kosciusko Co., 
Ind., Dec. 5, Naomi, daughter of Da\ id and Mary E. 
Armey, aged 10 months and 20 days. Services by 
brethren I^eander Potlenger and Samuel Leckrone, 
from Rom. 6: 23. 

FRANTZ. — In the same church, Dec. 6, .Sarah I'rantz, 
a^^ed 45 years, 3 months and 22 days. .Ser\ices by 
.Samuel Leckrone and I^eander Pottenger, from 
Num. 23: 10. Em.manhel Leckrone. 

DECK. — In the Swan Creek church. Delta, Fulton 
Co., Ohio, Oct. 25, sister Sarah Deck, aged 69 years, 
3 months and 9 days. 

.She enjoyed the feast on Oct. 8, and took sick 
while at the meeting. A few days before her death 
she was anointed with oil in the name of the I>ord. 
We sorrow not as those having no hope. .Services by 
Perry McKimmy and the writer. 

Da\ in Bi;rkevki i.e. 

HETRICK.—In the Red Bank congregation, Ann- 
strong Co., Pa., Nov. 26, of inflammatory rheuma- 
tism, sister Elizabeth, wife of Bro. M. N. Helrick, 
aged 56 years, G months and 9 days. 

Deceased leaves a husband and three children to 

mourn their loss, but not as those who have no hope. 

Our sister had membership in the church for about 39 

years. Services by the writer, assisted by Rev. I. W. 

Smith, of the Free Will Baptists. R. T. PolLard. 



L.'VSER. In North Manchester, Ind., Dec. 4, sister 
Abigail Laser, daughter of Eld. Matthias Mover, de- 
ceased, aged 38 years, 6 months and 4 days. 

Deceased was born in Miami Co, Ind.; married 
Henry Laser, Dec. 5, 1866. She united with the Breth- 
ren church, Sept. 25, iSSi, and lived a devoted Chris- 
tian. In her last illness she called for the elders and 
was anointed. Her sufferings were protracted and se- 
•vere, but she endured them witii Christian resignation. 
Disease, consumption. She leaves two children, her 
husband having preceded her, and many relatives to 
mourn their loss. Services bv I'^ld. R. H. Miller, from 
Rom. S: II. Isaac Mii.licr. 

McKIMMV. — In the Swan Creek church, Lenowee 
Co., Mich , Nov. 23, sister Mary McKimmy, aged 69 
years and 21 days. 

Deceased was a consistent memberof Ihe Brelhren 
church. She suffered a long time, but bore it patient- 
ly. She was born in Pennsylvania, and when nine 
years old moved with her parents to West Virginia. 
At the age of 28 years slie was married to James Mc- 
Kimmy. Soon afterwards both she and her husband 
united with the church. She was the mother of four- 
teen children, of whom seven, together with her hus- 
band, preceded her to the spirit world. She leaves 42 
grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. May all her 
children live faithful, so they may meet their mother 
in heaven. .Services by the writer. 

D.win Berkeyhile. 

BLOCHER.— In the Pleasant Hill church, M.ncoupin 
Co., 111., March 19, 1S86, of consumption, Bro. David 
Blocher, aged 74 years, 2 montlis and 5 days. Ser- 
vices by John Clear. 

BLOCHER.— In Carroll Co., Ind., May 25, 1887, 
Henry Blocher, aged 79 years, 5 months and 23 days. 

BLOCHER.— In Darke Co., Ohio, June 28, 1S87, of 
old age, Bro. Samuel Blocher, aged 81 years, 6 
months and 14 days. He leaves many friends to 
mourn his departure. 

BROWN.— In the Palestine cliurch, Darke Co., Ohio, 
Oct. 10, sister Magdalena (Blocher) Brown, aged 78 
years and 10 days. She leaves a husband and many 
friends to mourn their loss. Services by Bro. Crider, 

Sarah Neher. 

MILLER. — Near Independence, Kans., Sept. 13, sister 
Nancy, wife of Bro. John J. Miller, aged 06 years. 
Deceased was born near Liberty, Montgomery Co , 
Ohio, in 1821; married John J. Miller in 1S44; moved 
to Darke Co., near Webster, the same year, where they 
lived, labored and toiled together until thev accumu- 
lated (|uite a fortune. Ten children were gi\'en tliem, 
two having preceded their mother to the spirit land. 
The remains were brought back to Oiiio, and, on Sept. 
18, a large concouise of people assembled at the Oak- 
land church to p.ty tlie last tribute of respect to the de- 
parted. .Services bv Eld. Jerry Katheririan, from i 
Thess. 4: 13. May we li\c faithful to the end, and we 
shall meet sister Nancy over yonder, where we shall 
ever be with the Lord. Iu.ij.mi Roiirer. 

-SHELLED'. — In the Clo\er Creek church, Blair Co., 
Pa., Aug. 28, sister Magdalena .Shelley, aged 79 
years, 2 inonths and 8 davs. .Services bv the Breth- 
ren. 

SEEDENBURC— At Clover Creek, Nov. 7, of mem 
braneous crouj), Katie, daughter of Bro. Geo. B. and 
sister Lizzie .Seedenburg, aged 5 years and i day. 
■Services hy Eld. G. W. Brunibaugb, assisted by the 
Brethren, from M;itl. iS; 16. 

SEEDENBURG.- At the same place, Nov. 12, of the 
same disease, Minnie Grace, daughter of the same 
parents, aged 2 years, 1 month and i Aa.y. Services 
by Eld. Jos. Snoberger, assisted by the Brethren, 
from 2 Sam. 2: 15-23 

WINELAND.— At the same place, Nov. 16, of the 
same disease, Lizzie, daughter of friend D. L. and 
sister Lizzie Wineland, aged 2 years, 3 months and 
23 days. .Services by Eld J. W. Brumbaugh, from 
Mark 10: 13 iC. 

SNOBERGER.— .\t M:irtinsburg, Pa , Dec. 2, sister 
Hannah Snoberger, aged 72 years and ti days. Ser- 
vices by Eld. J. W. Brumbaugh, from Rev. 14: 13. 



Jaji. o, 1888. 



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15 



WORKMAN.— In the Blue River church, Whitley 
Co., Ind., Nov. 26, of lung trouble. Eld. Levi Work- 
man, aged 75 years, lo months and 27 days. 

Deceased united with the church in early life. He 
was one of the pioneer ministers, and in his time he or- 
ganized and built up two churches. Thus another one 
in Ismel ha-, fallen and gone to his reward. 

C. K. ZUMBRUX. 

IIOLLINGER.— In the Painter Creek churcii, Darke 
Co., Ohio, Nov. S, sister Louisa Hollinger, aged 28 
years, 7 months and 14 days. 

Deceased was born March 25, 1859. She was a 
faithful member of the Brethren church and dexoted 
to the cause. Services by brethren Kreider, .Stutsman 
and Gilbert. Rebecca Mixmch. 

WniTWORTM.— Near Macksburg, Iowa, Nov. 25, 
of old age, father Whitworth, aged S3 years, 9 months 
and 10 days. He was born in England. Text, " The 
last enemj' that shall be destroyed is death." 

PORTER.— Near the same place, Dec. 7 (by the acci- 
dental discharge of a gun in the hands of a careless 
boy), J. H. Porter, aged almost 72 years. A few re- 
marks were made at the cemetery. M. Myers. 

BOTTORFE.— In the Union diurcii, Marshall Co., 
Ind., July 31, of dropsy, Bro. D.nid Bottorff, aged Si 
years, 11 months and 6 days. 

Deceased was born in Johnstown, Pa., Aug. 24, 
1S05; moved to Marshall Co., Ind , 34 years ago, where 
he lived till death. He served the church as deacon 
for several years. He was blind and much afHicted for 
three years, yet he never murmured or complained. 
He leaves a wife, eight children, many grandchildren 
and great grandchildren to niourn their loss. Services 
by Eld. Jacob .Shivelv. Joseph Birxs. 

HILDERBRAND.— In the Pine Creek church. 111., 
Nov. 25, Light Alfred Hilderbrand, aged 2S years, 3 
months and 29 days.QThis was a sad occurrence. 
He was thrown from a horse, and lived but a few 
hours. .Seivices by J. G. Royer and the writer. 

XJCHOLS.— At Franklin Grove, 111., Nov. 26, Lucin- 
da, wife of Bro. John Nichols, and daughter of Bro. 
Moses Miller, aged 44 years, 5 months and 17 days. 
.Services by Bro. D. Deardorff. J. C. L.\hmax. 

ANGLE. — In the bounds of the Mt. \'ernon church, 
111., Dec. 4, sister Marion, daughter of David and 
Maria Angle, deceased, formerly of Maryland, aged 
42 vears, 10 months and 26 days. She was a faithful 
sifter since the age of 16. Services by O. Z. Hicks. 

' D. F. Ebv. 

BRYAN. — In the Bachelor's Run church, Carroll Co., 
Ind., Dec. 2, of lung fever, Bro. Exum Bryan, aged 
70 years, 10 months and 10 days. Services by breth- 
ren Hiel Hamilton and Abner Bowers. 

DA\ir) II. NiccuM. 

STOl'T. — In the liinits of the Sunfield church, Eaton 
Co , Mich., Dec. 4, of drops}-, Jacob Stout, aged 75 
vears, 9 months and 1 1 days. Services in the new 
L'nited Brethren church, by the? writer, froin Heb. 
n : 27, 28 Bexjamix Fryi ggi.k. 



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Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 10, 1888. No. 



Vol. 26, Old Series. 



THE aOSPEL MESSENaER. 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Emtob, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

Bro. G.MUS M. and sister CoraN. Brumbaugh spent 
the Holidays at liome with their parents at this place. 



Eld. James A. Sell closed a meeting at the Snyder 
meeting-house on the 21st of December, and from 
tliere Avcnt to New Enterprise, Pa. 



On the observance of Christmas, this year, our peo- 
ple were somewhat divided. In our town we had 
Cliristmas from Saturday morning to Monday evening, 
so that the day was well kept, as to time. 



Bro. Geo. Wine informs us that they held a series 
of meetings on the outskirts of the Beaver Creek 
church, Va., and as a result they had twenty-eight ad- 
ditions. Bro. J. Cline, of Augusta county, did the 
preaching. 

Bro. Joshua HERSTinERGER, wife and daughter, of 
Kansas, are East, spending the winter with their friends. 
On C'hristmas evening Bro. Joshua preached for us in 
the Chapel. He is yet young in the ministry, but is 
desirous of becoming efiicient in the good work And 
as the Lord helps those who try to help themselves, 
the open way is before him. 



During the Holidays everything in the Normal 
building was quiet, being vacation week, and the stu- 
dents home with their parents. The Spring Term op- 
ened on Jan. 2, with quite an addition of new students. 



How are you keeping tlie vow you made on New 
Year's Day.' No doubt many have been made, and 
with many of us it is needful that we make them. But 
to make and not perform is worse for us than not to 
make at all. It is a loss in moral strength and spirit- 
ual determination. If you ha\e determined, on enter- 
ing the new year, to do better, do it with 3'our might, 
and the Lord will help you through. 



Whether the Christmas festivities, as observed, are 
an advantage to the Christian world, your scribe does 
not decide. But we are glad that we have a Christ- 
mas. It is a happy reminder of the grand truth that 
we have a Christ, who was the greatest of all gifts to 
the world. It is meet that we sliould rejoice and be 
glad. And as we give andreceive our gifts we ai"e re- 
minded of the " peace and good will '" that has come to 
us through the great Gift Giver. Tiie gift may be a 
small thing, very small, indeed, but the "good will '" is 
beyond the price of perishable commodities. 



We, as a church, at this time, are in the midst of an 
interesting development. We don't believe in the 
spontaneous development of religious thought, Iience, 
to our mind, there is a cause behind it. The leaven 
seems to be in the lump, agencies are at work, and a 
result of some kind will follow. When, where, or how, 
wc know not. But if the hand of the Lord is in it, we 
can afford to wait and see. God would often do more 
for us if we would let him. Our stubbornness stands as 
a hinderance to the bringing about of our own good. 
We set ourselves in ourown Vvays, and tlius refuse the 
way that the Lord sets plainly before us. We have 
truth, but we fear to assert it, because it conflicts with 
that which we have. And rather than invite a con- 
flict, we quench the desire to act out that which we 
feel is our duty to do, and certainly are in our own way, 
though we feel that it is not in harmony with the truth 
as plainly revealed. It is proper to submit our judg- 
ment when it concerns a matter about which a doubt 
may obtain, but a clear conviction of n truth, should 
not be dismissed because it i.; different from that whi(.ii 
we have already received. 



THE TRUE TEST. 



All things are not what they seem. This is no new 
discovery, nor do we claim it as such. Yet there is 
much taken for granted that would prove utterly hol- 
low, were the true test applied. False as many things 
are in the world, for them a true test may ahvays be 
found. And, indeed, there is nothing so thoroughly 
true tliat testing is not necessary. This testing is es- 
pecially essential in regard to religion as accepted and 
believed. Salvation is the subject of all others the 
most important, l^ecause upon our understanding of it 
depends our eternal good. Hence the necessity of ap- 
plying, not a test, but the true test, that we may know 
most assuredly that we are right, without mistake and 
beyond the possibility of a doubt. Doubts may be ad- 
missible in regard to things and positions that may be 
changed and righted, if wrong, but in things that can 
neither be changed nor righted, if wrong, we should not 
be satisfied with the doubtful. 

If religion is so important a matter, and so much de- 
pends upon our church relations, the question natural- 
ly arises, What is the test ci the true chu/ch.' Tliere 
are tests many, each having their sphere and proper 
position in this all-important searching, but they do 
not constitute tlie true test. We have men in the 
world, in society and in our midst, of whose real char- 
acter we are largely ignorant. How shall we find them 
out, — how shall we get their true measure, and give 
them their standard value? There are certain laws th.at 
are intended to regulate society and determine a man's 
character. These laws are applied, and he stands the 
test — fills the measure and turns tiie balance at full 
weight. Yet, with all the testing, measuring and 
weighing, there is an inward life about the man that 
we have not reached, — there is a veil through which 
our keenest vision has not pierced. 

A man comes to us as a mechanic. Me represents 
himself as an efficient workman, having a thorough 
knowledge of his calling in all its branches. A theo- 
retical test is applied, and to every question he gives a 
ready and satisfactory reply. He passes the examina- 
tion, and 3'et we are not sure that he is really what he 
represents himself to be. Why.' Because the true 
test lias not yet been applied. It is not what a man 
professes, or what he knows, that gives us a true in- 
sight into his character, or his efiiciency in what he pro- 
fesses, but wliat he does — what he produces. A man's 
mechanical eftlciency is best shown from what he does 
with his hands, and his Christian soundness from tlie 
fruits of his actions. The true test of the goodness of 
the tree is the fruit it produces. And so it is with the 
church. The true test of the church is its fruits — the 
fruit it gives to the world — the kind of men and women 
it produces. 

On this subject we have not had a new revelation, 
but wc have struck a new train of tiiought, and we are 
following it with a considerable degree of interest. 
The true church is successive in its character, and to 
be this it must produce its successors. If every man's 
religion were to spring up, live with himself, and go 
out at his death, the church would soon die out. A 
man's religion must continue to live and act in his suc- 
cessors, and if it does not, it is deficient, and is not a 
part of the true church. 

We claim to be the true church, and we have our 
lcst> 10 show that we arc. We profrsc to belie\e, ac- 
cept and comply with ail the requirements of the gos- 



pel — and the Bible says: "To fear God .'in,l keep liis 
commandments is the wliole dut}- of man. " This we 
are trying to do, therefore we come up to (lie written 
standard. But is this all.' To meet rdl tiic written re- 
t|uirements is certainly commendable, and as a test of 
discipleship it is an essential one, but it is not ///r one. 
The rich j'oung man had apparently kept the whole 
law, yet there was a lack, and when the true test was 
applied, lie went away sorrowing. And so it may lie 
with many of us. He had only the outward form, and 
from it there was no fruit. We, as he, nia\- boast of 
our formalislic compliance with the written require- 
ments, and be as far from the kingdom as was lie. If 
the fruitage is lacking, all is but as sol^iding brass. 
The end designed is not reached and the w liole is a 
failure. 

The church is a body formed of members or individ- 
uals. These individuals are parts of a whole. Hence, 
to test a church the test must be applied to its parts, 
and that brings us to persons and families. The fami- 
ly becomes the church producer, and therefore wc go 
to our families. What kind of material are we produc- 
ing for the church.' Where are our chiUlren.^ This is 
a question of more weight than many seem to lealize. 
When we see how many of our children grow up, wc 
are made to doubt the correctness of our system of re- 
ligious training for our children. In many cases « o 
have heads of families wiio are sticklers tor order, so 
called, even ministers, and yet iheirchildren are world- 
lings of the first water. Is it possible that the religion 
of Christ, when truly exemplified, has no power .^ If a 
man can produce no fruit in his o^vn household, — if 
those who are nearest and dearest tn pnvents' hearts, 
are not impressed with a religious inilaence that is 
brought to heJir upon them by those wiio are the near- 
est to them, M-h.at can be expected of those who arc 
farthei" away .' 

We feel persuaded that no one can exert a greater 
religious influence over children than the ChristiRn 
parent, and where there is no such fruit produced bv 
the parents, the true test would say they have been 
placed in the balances and found wanting. The er- 
roneous idea entertained by too many parents, that 
children must first sow their wild oats, is the curse of 
the church — the open way that leads to loss and ruin. 
It is a reproach to the cause to have men in the minis- 
try whose children, by their example, advocate things 
against which the parents are preaching. E\ cry min- 
ister must feel this, and ought to feel it hard enough to 
cause him to investigate until he finds the cause of 
such fruit growing out of his own family. This test 
applies not to ministers only, but to all Christ-profess 
ing families. I-^very member, as a part of the whole, 
must be a church producer, and so the lest must be ap- 
plied. If the individuals are not producers, the church 
can not be, and therefore can not stand the test. 

A cold, formal religion will not impress the hearts of 
children. It is the living faith and trust in God, of the 
parents, that touch the child's heart,— the daily plead- 
ing with God — making him the place of refuge in times 
of need — looking to him for wisdom and grace — re- 
joicing in him as the source from which comes all the 
good — in short — an affectionate living of Christ before 
them, — having them to know and feel that their great 
need is a Savior and the hope of sahation. Such a life 
lived before children will prove the power of God unto 
salvation about as surel}- as corn produces corn, or 
wheat produces wheat. Whatsoever a man soweth — 
^vhatsoever parents sow — whatsoever the church sows, 
so shall the reaping be. Fathers and mothers, look at 
your grown children, and then behold the fruit of your 
sowing. -^pply tlic test, and you have your o^vn 
measure. 



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THK GOSFEL MKSSHXGER 



Jau, 10, 1888. 



EISSJ^^^S, 



"Svidy to show thyseif spyroved unto God; a workman that 

neeiieth not be asnamed. rightly diTidirg the 

Worvl of Trnth." 



THE -MESSENGER. 



Long ir.av it live and ever give 

True counsels of the Lord. 
And may we all, both great and small. 

Give heed unto his Word. 

May light divine our hearts incline 

To union's blest embrace, 
That all who write, at once unite 

To speak the truth with gracer 

May all who name Jehovah's name 

Be holy, good and true. 
And may our talk, our life and walk. 

Confirm our vows anew. 

Tiien shall the world a light behold 

And praise our Sovereign Lord. 
And may they see the victory 
W'e liave through le-^us" blood. 

Ahmham Hoist. 
— »■ ■ — — 

OFFENDED IN CHRIST. 



I!Y MATTIE A. I.EAIi. 



■ And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offend- 
ed in me.'" — Matt, i : : C>. 

The above language is the elosiug words 
of our Savior's answer to Johns disciples 
when they came to him with the question, 
" Art thou he that should come: or do we 
look for another?'' 

At first thought it seems strange that John 
should ask the above question, — he who 
had baptized this God-man, who had seen 
the descent of the Holy Spirit and had heard 
the audible voice of the Father declaring 
tlie baptized to be his beloved Son in whom 
he was well pleased, who also had pointed 
to this wonderful Being as he approached 
the Jordan, exclaiming, " Behold the Lamb 
of God, which taketh away the sins of ttie 
AVDrld.'" 

But John was now sorely tried. His 
faith was subjected to a terrible test. He 
was conscious that he had discharged his 
duty fully; that he had been faithful to the 
trust committed to him; that he had foregone 
every worldly pleasure, had fearlessly re- 
linked sin and had always pointed the 
multitudes, who listened to his impassioned 
eloquence, to One far greater than himself 
whose shoe's latchet he was not worthy to 
unloose. 

But his faithfulness had brought down 
upon him the vengeance of a ruthless and 
debauched tyrant; and now lie was breath- 
ing the foul air of a damp and gloomy dun- 
geon. Yet into tliis vile prison were borne 
from time to time accounts of the wonderful 
works of Christ, of his choosing disciples, 
of his unlimited power, of his sweet pity and 
tender compassion. Yet his great forerun- 
ner i.s neglected. He could liberate him by 
the least exercise of hia power, but he does 
not do it. He does not deign to visit him, or 
even to send him a message of comfort. 

Trials severe and crushing were breaking 
the heart of this strong man, this greatest 
of prophets, and doubts born of these 
trials were knocking at tha citadel of his 



heart. All, all was gloom and darkness 
without, and now the light of faith was be- 
ing obscured. His disciples, visiting him 
and seeing the sad condition of their beloved 
master, were tilled with sorrow, and their 
presence and conversation, instead of cheer- 
ing him in his confinement, only added to 
his gloom. Finallj', to satisfy them, more 
than for Jiis own gratification, and perhaps 
yielding to their importunities, he sends 
them to Jesus with the above message. 

But John's despondency at the seeming 
neglect of his great Master, did not change 
that Master's high opinion of him, lest the 
multitude who had heard the query might 
think this great prophet fickle or wanting in 
courage. His compassionate Master vindi- 
cates his lofty character, bearing testimony 
to his faithfulness and firmness. 

But why should this faithful servant b'e so 
tried? is the question that forces itself upon 
our minds, but ah I when we inqiiire into 
the purposes and plans of the Infinite, we get 
into deep waters. Mystery, mystery meets 
us everywhere, both in the realms of 
nature and of grace, — " Canst thou by search- 
ing find out God? Canst thou find out the 
Almighty to perfection?" "For my thoughts 
are not your thoughts, neither are my ways 
yourwaj'^s, saith the' Lord. For as the Heav- 
ens are higher than the earth, so are my 
ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts 
than your thoughts. " But where knowledge 
cannot go, where reason cannot penetrate, 
faith can soar. 

Like a beacon light to the storm-tossed 
soul are the words of the great apostle in 
Eom. 8: 28. So incomprehensible to. sense, 
so clear and comprehensible to faith. How 
much is included in the " all things " 
spoken of by the apostle! Persecutions, 
temptations, disappointments, afflictions, suf- 
ferings that crush and overwhelm, and that 
sweep over the heart like the scorching si- 
moon of the desert, are all embraced. 

" Without holiness no man shall see the 
Lord." Heb. 12: 14, This holiness can 
only be inwrought in the soul through suf- 
fering. Those whom the world delights to 
honoi- are made to occupy some conspicuous 
place in the temple of fame, and their fel- 
lows -vde with each other in doing them hom- 
age. But how different is God's method of 
dealing with his chosen ! Instead of popular- 
ity and fame he says of the church, "Behold 
I will allure her, and bring her into the wil- 
derness, and speak comfortably unto her, and 
I will give her vineyards from thence, and 
the valley of Achor for a door of hope." Hos. 
2: 14, 1"). In the retirement of the wilder- 
ness, away from the glare and tinsel of the 
world, the church must develop her holy 
character, must learn her deep lessons. 

Our great Teacher requires entire and un- 
questioning submission. How often does 
his will run counter to our wills, how often 
are our plans frustrated, our hopes blown 
away! But we must learn submission, must 
learn to be guided by faith instead of 
sense. Then, though many of God's provi- 
dences are dark and mysterious, and inexpli- 
• cable to reason, faith rests herself upon 



the goodness, wisdom and love of her Beloved, 
and all is calmness and peace. Blessed, in- 
deed, are they that are not offended in Christ. 
Flesh must be subdued, the carnal nature 
brought under subjection, before we can 
fully acquiesce in the divine will. 

Paul's thorn in the flesh was a source of 
uneasiness to him, and he besought the Lord 
thrice, that it might depart from him. But 
when his great Master said to him, "My 
grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength 
is rnade perfect in weakness," the submis- 
sive disciple exultingly exclaims: "Most 
gladly therefore will I rather glory in my 
infirmities, that the power of Christ may 
rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in 
infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in 
persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: 
for when I am weak then I am strong." 
2 Cor. 12: 9, 10. 

Peace in Christ, tribulation in the world. 
John 16: 33. Persecution as the result of a 
godly life, 2 Tim. 3: 12, is the Christian's por- 
tion in this world. Are we willing to accept 
of this? Does this arrangement meet our 
approval ? If so, then we are not offended 
in Christ, and the promised blessing is ours. 

Bro. Miller, in his " Europe and Bible 
Lands," gives us a thrilling account of the 
martyrdom of John Huss, and on page 61 we 
have the following remarks: "For a man to 
speak of being persecuted in these days, is 
for him to show that he is either begging for 
sympathy, or that he does not understand 
the term." The above views aie very nat- 
ural, and, after reading of the awful sufferings 
of the early Christians, — sufferings, com- 
pared with which the sufferings of Huss were 
light, we have felt much as Bro. Miller ex- 
presses himself; and have wondered why the 
Head of the Church should make such a dif- 
ference, placing upon some such a burden of 
affliction, while others were permitted to 
pass through life pleasantly and prosperously 
and comparatively free from suffering. Later 
experience, and greater insight into the plans 
and purposes of God have given xis new 
views, and we are now convinced that there 
is not so much difference, — that every child 
of God, in every age, in every clime, must 
pass through a furnace of intensest suffering, 
for his purifying, before he is meet for Heav- 
en. 

These sufferings may be bodily tortures 
inflicted by enemies of the truth, or mental 
anguish caused by the malice of enemies, 
the mistakes of friends, or in some otlier way. 
No matter how, no matter what the suffering 
may be, God will overrule it for our good, and 
make the distress the instrument of our pu- 
rification. Such is our belief, such is our 
experience, and this is backed by the "Word 
of God which says, "Y^ea and all that will' 
live godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer perse- 
cution." 2 Tim. 3: 12. 

The Psalmist complains of his persecutors, 
yet he did not suffer a violent death. He 
prays God to deliver him fj-om his perse- 
cutor, "lest he tear my soul like a lion, 
rending it in pieces." It was his soul that 
was torn. David begged for sympathy, but 
from him who cotild appreciate his woes. So 



Jau. 10, 1888. 



m OOSPEIv MBSSBKGBR. 



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we, in our anguish ot soul, have begged for 
sympathy; yea, have begged with tears, but 
from the same compassionate Eriend who 
has said, " Like as a father jjitieth his chil- 
dren, so the Lord pitieth them that fear 
him." "As one v/hom his mother eomfort- 
eth, BO will I comfort you." Sweet, sweet 
words! How vividly they call to mind days 
of yore, when our childish tears were kissed 
away, and our childish griefs were soothed, 
by a tender loving mother! To her we told 
all our sorrows, and we ever found a sympa- 
thetic listener. Our mother has long since 
passed to her reward, but her dear image is 
engraved on our heart. 

It is true we are not now required to seal 
our testimony with our blood, as did the 
martyrs, but there are other forms of suffer- 
ing that are, perhaps, equally as trying, as to 
yield up one's life. 

History furnishes us abundant examples 
of men and women, that were not Christians, 
who met violent deaths with undaunted 
courage, — some calmly and some defiantly. 
Philosophy or pride has sustained multi- 
tudes in this trying ordeal, and enabled them 
to meet death in his worst form without a 
tremor. But we have failed to find one ex- 
ample in history of that patience taught by 
our Lord in Matt. 5: 38-44, unless they were 
'disciples of Christ. Nothing but his religion 
can nerve us to meet calmly and patiently 
the many trials that are incident to a Chris- 
tian life. 



MISSIONARY WOEK. 



BY LANDON WEST. 



I HAVE been impressed much of late with 
the view some of our Brethren have of mis- 
sionary work. They visit the churches of 
their own State or perhaps some of the neigh- 
boring States and preach the doctrine of an 
Apollos, and the hearers are edified, and 
many may be led to come and be baptized. 
The members are all built up and the broth- 
er returns home, greatly rejoiced with his ef- 
fort at missionary work. 

Now I do not wish to condemn or discour- 
age the work above named, for I am rejoiced 
to see and hear of it, and my wish is that 
we may have scores of such visits, to where 
we have none. I wish to call attention to 
the fact, however, that this is not missionary 
Vv'ork in the true sense. It is only what might 
be called " church visits." It is more in the 
line of visiting and confirming the churches 
than it is to spread the doctrine where not 
yet introduced. It is true, numbers may be 
led to come and be baptized, but that does 
not make it missionary work, as I will show. 
Such meetings are nearly all held in organ- 
ized churches, Avith elders, ministers, dea- 
cons and members by scores to attend, and 
where the doctrines of the church have been 
preached and practiced for years and where 
}io one is a stranger to the faith. At such 
places all that can be said by the visiting 
minister is, to remind both members and out- 
siders of what has been told them time and 
again. This is to do what Paul expresses as 
" coniirming the churches." Acts 15 : 41. 



It is remarkable how strong some are in 
defending the doctrines of the church, when 
on a tour of this kind, especially before full 
houses of brethren and sisters. But this is 
not missionary work, and I do not want our 
ministers and members to think or feel that 
they are doing all their duty in supporting 
missions when the above is all of it that they 
support or encourage, for that kind of work 
is too near home, and more directly for their 
own benefit than that of any one else. 

Would you like to know what the writer's 
idea is of true mission work? I will tell you. 
Let those who have visited only the organiz- 
ed churches, and have preached only to those 
who hav heard the faith and practice of the 
church for years, take a missionary tour in 
the full sense of the word. Let that brother 
find a kindred spirit if he can^ and then let 
these strike out, — not into old and well-es- 
tablished churches, or where preaching has 
been sometimes done by the Brethren, but 
into new and strange territory where the 
sight of a " Dunkard " excites cui"iosity. 
There let them proclaim the faith of that 
"peculiar people" (spoken of in the New 
Testament) to all men, without fear or favor. 
This must be done not merely in an 
isolated sermon but for weeks, under all the 
various circumstances to which they will be 
subject. Then they will learn what mission- 
ary work is. It is then they will learn in 
part what it is to " contend earnestly for the 
faith," where nobody has fully heard it, and, 
sometimes, where nobody wants to believe it 
in fall. It is in places of this kind where 
they will have need of all their strength, and 
also of help from above, to present and sus- 
tain all the doctrines of the church, — not be- 
fore a house of believers, but before stran- 
gers, unbelievers, and opposere. 

It is here, in such places, that we must do 
missionary work, and if we can, under these 
circumstances, convince and convert men 
and women, and induce them to come out 
and say, "What shall we do?" — then we 
must regard this as being missionary work. 
All such workers should have the prayers 
and the support of the Brotherhood, " for 
they are worthy." This kind of work and 
workers, are just now in demand, for calls 
come from far and wide for the Word of 
Life, but the true missionaries are far too 
few to respond. The greatest amount of our 
]Dreaching is now given to the churches and 
at home, while it should be given to the 
aliens, the strangers, and to sinners. Preach- 
ing is intended for the heathen and the un- 
believer. 1 Cor. 1: 21. 

— ■ ^ 

THE NEW YEAR. 



BY LIZZIE C. HELP. 



" Oh New \'ear; teacli us f.iith! 
The road of Hfe is hard: 
When our feet bleed and scourging winds Ub scatlie. 
Point thou to him whose visage w.ns more marred 
Tlian anj- man's: who sailh, 
' IMake straiglit paths for youv feet,' and to tiie op- 

prest, 
' Come yc unto me and I will gi\e vmi re^t.' " 

Once again we stand upon the threshold 
(if tltp new year. Tlie old year has passed 
swiftly away, bearing with it a freight of 



hopes and fears, joys and sorrows, happiness 
and suffering. Thank God that the All-see- 
ing Eye has noted all! Memory is busy con- 
juring up before us scenes of the i^ast. A 
vision of sorroAv passes before us, — a grave 
in the church-yard, in whose depths lie bur- 
ied the hopes and happiness of a mother 
and sister, who are left behind Avith broken 
hearts, to await the coming of the new year. 
The first text it unfolds unto them ip, " Bless- 
ed are they that mourn: for they shall be 
comforted." There is nothing that weighs 
more heavily upon the spirit of the true 
Christian, than the slow progress wp make in 
our upward way. We may have been striv- 
ing after good, to fear God and keep his 
commandments, and yet we are far from what 
we desire to be. This, after all, is a tragical 
feature of life, — that it is given for goodness 
and we are not good; for overcoming evil, and 
evil remains. Every soul is shadowed bj' 
weakness and fault, and only the Great Phy- 
sician can heal with the Balm of Gilead. 
But we will never give up the struggle, for 
he will sustain and strengthen us by his 
grace. God is teaching us to trust in him 
instead of our own frailty. The trial or suf- 
fering which does not lift a cloud or open a 
new outlook, has failed its purpose. When 
the greatest of earthly dramas was about to 
begin, the shining hosts sang, a prelude, 
" Peace on earth, good will to men," which, 
before the curtain had lifted, disclosed the 
end of the drama. These heralds of the fut- 
ure then vanished, and humanity has faltered 
in the heat and burden of the day, sometimes 
almost lost faith in the vision and the song, 
but overcoming despair, has acted true to its 
higher inspirations and followed more close- 
ly the banner of the Prince of Peace. 

The Lord has showered upon mankind the 
richest blessings and mercies during the 
past year. Can we fail to put our entire 
trust in him for the new year? Some men 
are blind to the bright side of life. They 
see the ray of sunshine brightening the dew- 
drop, or the slender blade of grass, or light- 
ing up a cheerless room, but they do not no- 
tice this. They only observe that in that 
ray there are floating millions of motes. We 
erect stately monuments to our losses, in- 
scribing thereon, " Gone but not forgotten," 
but the stones on which we engrave, " Hith- 
erto hath the Lord helped us," are very rare. 

The new year lies before us, — a beautiful 
volume, — clasped together by our lieavenly 
Father's care and love. Its pages, the days, 
are flooded with his grace and mercy. Every 
page will record our deeds to the All-wise 
Aiathor. On the title page we write a reso- 
lution, new and inspiring. It is easy to 
mould the future while still in the future. 
The infinite possibilities shining in its mys- 
terious depths would woo us to great and 
glorious deeds. But these possibilities must 
be realized by a heroic discharge of even the 
smallest duties that fall to our lot, in the 
most energetic and inspiring spirit, fi'om 
sunrise to sunset the whole year through. A 
little more sacrifice, a little more cross-bear- 
ing, a few more words for Jesus, the new life 
growing every day more full of blossom and 



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THE GOSPEL MESSHNGHR 



-luu. 10, 1888. 



of fruit, aud God will be glorified and pre- 
cious souls vron to Christ. Lavish yom* life 
and thought and heart on the things of each 
day, write yonr Xew Years resolutions on the 
hours as they pass by, and when the months 
have completed their circle, your resolutions 
will be written on them so plainly that the 
world can read without your interpretstion. 
Mainland, Pa. 

CHIPS FEOM THE WORK-HOUSE. 



])Y PANIEI. VANDrAN. 



Bein'O delayed by a snow-storm, oar Cali- j 
fornia party did not leave Kansas City until i 
1: 30 P. M.", Dec. 21. Through the kindness | 
of G. L. McDonaugh, of llti North Fourth i 
Street St. Louis, Mo., the efficient traveling j 
agent of the Southern Kansas system, and 
the clever officers of the old reliable Santa 
Fe, our party is pleasantly situated in a new, 
clean, tourist sleeper, which contains twenty- 
eight double berths, fourteen lower and four- 
teen upper, and will accommodate twenty- 
eight passengers very comfortably. By 
sleeping doiible, this number can all sleep 
on the lower berths, and use the upper to 
store away things not in use. Here we can 
ride comfortably on the present low round 
trip tickets, and can cook, eat and sleep with- 
out additional expense, except 81.50 each for 
mattress and curtains. Each one had pre- 
viously provided himself with food and 
blankets, or comforters for cover. 

Our company, with the exception of a few 
children, is composed entirely of ladies and 
gentlemen, who are neat, tidy, intelligent 
r.nd sociable. During the day we have 
things rather in common, and have a good, 
social time in general. In Berth No, 1 we 
find Dr. Bennett and wife, of Waterloo, Iowa, 
with a five weeks' old boy swinging in a neat 
little hammock, as cute and cozily as possi- 
ble. In Berth No. G we find the editor of 
the Gosi'EL Messenger and his sociable 
wife, who is doing the writing while he dic- 
tates, thus resting his over-worked' eyes by 
using hers. Last night, while our train was 
waiting at Topeka, Kans., we had the editor 
entertain the company with a lecture on 
what they sav,- and learned on their trip 
through Europe and Bible Lands. In our 
company we have none of the silly, Avorldly 
fashions of chewing or smoking tobacco, 
with which to annoy clean persons. Thus, 
under the protection of Him who overrules 
all things, we have come thus far across the 
continent on, what seems to me, one of the 
most pleasant and enjoyable trips I have ev- 
er made. "\Vc are now, at 5: 30 P. M., Dec, 
22, in Colorado. Here stops the pencil, and 
the Chips go into the mail. 

ODDS AND ENDS. 

BY I), r. MOOMAAV. 

I 0VEi;Hr,AP.r>, substantially, the following 
conversation on the train to-day, between 
two gentlemen, one of them of the Lutheran 
persraasion, the other unknown : 



Firsi Sjxrikcr. — " Did you hear about the 
peace commission which the English Parlia- 
ment sent to the President of the United 
States?" 

Second SpeaJcer.—" No, Avhat did they come 
for?" 

F. s. — " To induce him to encourage a 
treaty between England and the Ignited 
States, to put a stop to war." 
S. S.— " What did Cleveland do?" 
F. S.—" He spoke favorably of it," 
S. S. — "I am glad of it. War is dreadful, 
anyhow." 

F. S. — " That it is. I tell you, I got enough 
of it during the late unpleasantness. When 
a boy I used to read about how Jackson 
defeated the British at New Orleans, and I 
thought war was fine sport, but I hope to be 
excused from further sport in that line," 

S. S. — "Arbitration will be a great im- 
provement on the old way of settling nation- 
al quarrels, and since they have made such 
improvements in the machinery of war, as 
for instance the Gatling gun, which throws 
lead by the hopper-full, wars will either i 
cease, or complete destruction of all com- ' 
batants must ensue." 

F. S.~" Yes, and it will hasten the fulfill- { 
ment of the prophecy that ' swords shall be i 
beaten into plowshares and spears into prun- ! 
ing hooks.' " 

S. S. — " Do you think that prophecy will ' 
ever be fulfilled?" 

F. S. — " Certainly, every word of it." 

S. S. — "I tell you it will be a consumma- 
tion devoutly to be wished for, and 1 wish the 
enterprise abundant success." 

The colloquy was interesting, and it set 
me to thinking in something like the follow- 
ing train: If the peace principles of the gos- 
pel, as illustrated by our church, are such a 
good thing, why do our separated brethren 
of other denominations so relentlessly oppose 
us and cast us out as heterodox, as many of 
them do, for striving to bring about the ful- 
fillment of a prophecy, fraught with so much 
good, as the one qiioted by our colloquists? 
Also, why do they not co-operate with us in 
a work so Christ-like as " bringing peace on 
Garth and good will to men " ? All great re- 
forms in Christian countries are in the keep- 
ing of the churches, and if war, extravagance, 
pride in its multifarious forms, and all pop- 
ular evils, with whiskey, soaking and perme- 
ating all, are not banished from the earth, 
they will be to blame. They hold the bal- 
ance of power. 

Further on, another group of colloquists 
entertained the occupants of the coach with 
a semi-religio-political conversation, which 
was both humorous and edifying. Some 
points of it I will relate for the benefit of the 
Messenger readers: 

First Speaker. — " You won't elect your par- 
ty till the crack of doom." 

Second Speaker. — " Y^ou don't believe in 
doom, do you?'' 

-S'. S. — " I reckon so." 

/''. S. — " You are in a bad condition to meet 
it. Why don't you join the church and lead 
a better life?" 



S. K— "Well, I think about it sometimes, 
but I see so many bad people in the church 
that I get discouraged about it." 

F. (S. -"That is no reason Avhy you should 
continue bad, is it?" 

-S. S. — " No, but you know the influence of 
such things. The folks in the churches are 
not much better, generally, than those out of 
it, and the preachers do not try to improve 
things much," 

F. S.—" They don't?" 

^. 'S'. — "No; I spoke to a minister about 
the notoriously bad conduct of one of his 
members, and that he ought to turn him out 
of the church, but he said it would not do, 
as he was one of the best-paying members 
ho had." ' 

F. S.—"Vg\il There is too much of that 
way of doing things, I admit, but you will 
go to perdition all the same if you don't quit 
your wicked ways. You believe in 'hell,' 
don't you?" 

S. S. — " AVell, yes, the Bible says there is 
one." 

F. S. — " You should make an honest eftbrt 
to keep out of it, then; let others do as they 
may," 

The train started, and the noise of the 
rumbling wheels and jarring coaches ob- 
structed the sound of their animated and in-, 
teresting colloquy. 

Thus, as we whirl over the country, and 
leave receding time and space behind us, we 
catch up the broken threads of current, un- 
recorded history, and see revealed the sileuL 
workings of those gigantic forces of good 
and evil which, in the aggregate, make or 
mar the destiny of nations and civilizations. 
The persistent, incessant grinding and at- 
trition of these antagonistic influences to the. 
trained ear of the moralist, the philanthro- 
pist, the Christian, resound louder than apoc- 
alyptic thunders, and are portentous of vast 
results, for weal or woe, to our race. 

In this mighty struggle let us play our 
part in a courageous, manly way, every one 
in his or her station. Every word, whether 
casual or intentional, every thought, every 
act, however meditated or inadvertent, is a 
potent factor in the grand aggregate that 
will either bring this world to Christ or 
doom it to the destruction of the unrestrained 
dominion of the devil. Attention,— about 
face, and march,— double quick for heaven! 

WHAT I DON'T LIKE TO SEE. 
ny D. E. I'RicE. 



1. I don't like to see a minister of the gos- 
pel, when he rises to address a congregation, 
boast of his ignorance. I believe they will 
discover it before he gets through with his 
discourse without him telling it; and it is gen- 
erally intended as an indirect way of boast- 
ing. 

2. I don't like to see, when he lacks influ- 
ence, and sound Scriptural arguments, to 
make up the deficiency by unnecessary noise; 
he should remember it is the lightning that 
kills, the thunder don't hurt anybody, though 
the lightning always precedes the thunder. 



Jan. 10, 1888. 



THE GrOSPKL- MHSSB^NOISR. 



21 



Unless he is moved by the electric spark of 
the Holy Spirit, and his arguments are 
grounded on the Word of Eternal Truth, his 
labor will be in vain, though he may speak 
with the forced eloquence of a Demosthenes. 

3. I don't like to see him introduce his 
subject with a firstly, secondly, thirdly, etc. 
I have no objections to him having his points 
fixed in his own mind, then, if he fails to 
reach them all, the congregation will proba- 
bly not discover his failure; but when there 
is such a large platform laid, followed by a 
small sermon, it is not so interesting. 

4. I don't like to see him implore the di- 
vine assistance to guide and direct him in 
his discourse, in his introductory prayer, and 
then lay down his manuscript, or notes, 
showing the entire congregation that he had 
it all arranged beforehand. It looks incon- 
sistent to first arrange our sermons (and 
probably copy them from some book of skel- 
eton sermons), and afterwards ask the divine 
guidance; it looks as though we were afraid 
the Lord would not answer our prayers. I 
heard a brother once say that he could preach 
better with notes, though he kept them in 
his pocket. No objections how many you 
have, if you always keep them there. What 
can wo expect of our young brethren when 
the older ones set them such examples, and 
even instruct them in that direction? 

5. I don't like to see him address a con- 
gregation as though he knew it all, and they 
knew nothing. He ought to know that, in 
almost every congregation, there are a good 
many that know about as much as he does, 
and probably some that know a good deal 
more. We ought to rather follow the exam- 
ple of the apostle Peter, v/ho, in writing to 
his brethren, addressed them as follows: 
" Wherefore I will not be negligent to put 
you always in remembrance of these things, 
though ye knoAv them, and are established 
in the present truth." 2 Pet. 1: 12. 

6. I don't like to see him continue his dis- 
course half an hour after he is through vnih 
his subject, thus holding the congregation in 
continual suspense, and probably saying 
once and again, " Just one more thought, and 
I will come to a close." We had better stop, 
if we get through with oar subject in five 
minutes, than to weary the congregation in 
that way. 

Mt. Morris, 111. 



SOUNDS FROM THE GOSPEL HAEP. 



BY AVM. M. LYON. 



" Come over into Macedonia, and help us." 
It is natural these days for us to locate Mac- 
edonia a long way off. We talk about send- 
ing missionaries into foreign lands, which is 
perfectly right, but come to the conclusion 
that we are not able, because it will cost too 
much. The church is too weak to support 
the mission. The brethren in the West cry 
for those in the East to come over and help 
them. They say the true doctrine is a strang- 
er there, comparatively speaking. And the 
brethren here in the East are inclined to lo- 
cate all the heathen and uiienllghtoncd peo- 



ple and place them out in the Far West and 
across the ocean. 

Now, while we find the untaught in those 
places, and talk about the importance of 
teaching them the true doctrine, let us 
not forget that we can find the heathen near- 
er, even at our own door. In this section in 
the East, where, in many places, we have 
strong congregations, and a number of preach- 
ers, it is not necessary to go many miles to 
find numbers of people who have not even 
heard of the Brethren. 

Now, it would cost us but little, in these 
cases, to widen our fields of labor, and thus 
extend the borders of Zion, but we remain 
inactive, and by placing the unscripturalized 
people a great distance from us, we are apt 
to excuse ourselves in both cases. 

HoAv often do we meet for worship in 
many places in our largest congregations, 
and have, perhaps, half a dozen preachers 
present, while we could find many good 
points for preaching in less than a half day's 
ride on horseback from this place? 

For my part, this is a point hard for me to 
reconcile with our doctrine and teachings. 

I don't wish it to be understood that I am 
opposed to mission work away from home 
and in foreign lands, — not at all, but it does 
seem to me that we should work out, and 
out, and out, and OUT, from every tent that 
we have pitched in this great country of 
ours, till we can find no vacant and unim- 
proved fields to separate us. 

Were we to adopt proper methods and 
principles, and then execute them in those 
places near us where we have the strength 
and means, it would not be long till, work- 
ing on the same principle, we could estab- 
lish the " ancient landmarks " from " Dan 
even to Beer-sheba." 

What we need is workers, earnest, zealous 
and true workers Avho will " stand for the 
right " through " evil as well as good re- 
port." 

In this we should remember that God's 
command, " Go," is just as strong and bind- 
ing to-day as it was eighteen hundred years 
ago. It is not consistent for us to claim that 
we carry out all the commands of the gospel 
and then leave this out. 

We frecxuently hear this Scrii)ture quoted, 
" He that keepeth the whole law and yet of- 
fendeth in one point, is guilty of all." 

When we examine our principles, then we 
see that we are not complete while one sin- 
gle injunction is excluded. For instance, a 
brother would be willing to observe every 
command in the gospel save one, and let that 
be the ordinance of feet-washing. You 
would say, " That is dangerous, it will not 
do; we want full and complete obedience." 

Then again, Ave get this truth from God's 
Word, that all its commands are of equal im- 
portance, no " big nor little " among them. 

Then, this being the case, if that brother 
who does not Avant to engage in feet-washing 
is not on safe ground, where do Ave place 
ourselves when we fail to help carry out the 
short command, "Go"? This is the great 
forerunner of all. Go, preach, and leach. 



How is this? What ought we to do? What 

are ive doing? What am I doing? 

* 
* * 

It is Avell for us that we do not get every- 
thing Ave want in this Avorld. God knows 
best Avhat we need and what Ave should not 
have, just as every parent knov/s, or at least 
should know, Avhat is good for his children. 
Parents Avho are wise and pious, are not 
changed or overruled by a wayward child 
when it pleads for that which it should not 
have, because, Avere they to yield by reason 
of importunity on the part of the child, they 
Avould thus yield to a principle of Avrong, 
shoiilder the responsibility themselves, and, 
perhaps, in this act of yielding, plant the 
seed in the young life that will finally pro- 
duce the fruit of unhappiuess and misery. 
God Avorks upon the love principle, for " God 
is love," and his children Avill Avork upon the 
same diA'ine principle. " Whom the Lord 
loveth, he chasteneth." Our misfortunes 
often prove to be blessings in disguise. 

Ah, this thing of human expediency! Avhere 
will it stop! These Avere my thoughts on 
last Sunday morning on looking out and see- 
ing the sexton carry a bowl of water from 
the Avell to the church to perform Christian 
baptism ( ?). It Avas a cold day, but not too 
cold for our Brethren to enter, at the same 
time, the liquid stream, follow Jesus down 
into the Avater and come up out of it. Paul 
once said, " All things are lawful, but not ex- 
pedient," but the people insert another Avord 
almost exactly in sound, convenient. 

It used to take " much Avater" to baptize; 
now a few drops Avill do. Then they Avent 
down " into the water;" now the sexton takes 
his bowlful "into the meeting-house." 
Then "baptize" primarily meant to dip, to 
immerse; now it means, do that if you can't 
get out of it. Then the subject had to be 
submerged beneath the Avaves; noAv a feAv 
drops Avill ansAver the same good purpose. 

The Lord's Supper then meant a full meal 
in the eA^ening; noAV it means " a morsel of 
bread and sip of Avine " taken any time it 
suits best, but generally in the morning. 
Feet-washing then meant to "wash feet" — 
to get down to the Avork and do it; noAv it 
means, " feed your brother's horse and black 
his boots." The salutation of the kiss then 
meant Avhat it says; noAv " handshaking " Avill 
do. HoAv convenient to serve the Lord by 
proxy! How will it do to go to heaA-en that 
way? We can make some alloAA^ance for the- 
oretical infidelity, but Avho Avants to make 
any allowance for _/jracfjca^ infidelity? Can 
Ave, if Ave love Christ? And do you love him? 

ib : » . » . .^— 

There are feAv things more beautiful than 
the calm and resolute progress of an earnest 
spirit. The triumphs of genius may be 
more dazzling; the chances of good fortune 
may be more exciting; but neither are at all 
so interesting or so v^'orthy as the achieve- 
ments of a steady, faithful, and fervent energy. 

It is one of the precious mysteries of sor- 
row ih;it it finds solace in unselfish thought. 



kj • ) 



THE GOSl^EL N'lHSSENGKR. 



Jan. 10, 1888. 



Treasurers Report. 

Th£ t'oLlowiug is a report oi the Home 
Mission of the Middle District of Peuusyl- 
vaiiia, from Aug. 20 to Deo. •!>, 1SS7: 

Lewistowu cliiTrch $ 8 Oo 

Waynesboro church '2.5 GO 

tjpriDg Eun church 8d 

Lower Cumberland church 10 00 

Warrior's Mark church O 00 

Lost Creek church 1 15 

Andrew Bashore, Treas. 



Home Work. 



It seems there is a time for every purpose. 
The time to hold a series of meetings is when 
the church, as a body, is ready to work. Aft- 
er makiug the necessary arrangements, select 
some one to do the preaching. He may be 
called from some other arm of the church, 
or he may be one of the home ministry, 
whose devout Christian life has won the con- 
fidence of those who know him. The breth- 
ren should rally around their chosen leader, 
ready to assist whenever needed. Select ap- 
propriate music, full of rich, soul-stirring 
sentiment. Choose such lines with which 
the congregation is familiar, that all may 
take part. Good, lively, congi-egational sing- 
ing, of impressive Bible sentiment, inspires 
the heart of both speaker and hearers. Noth- 
ing will so well and readily soften the cal- 
lous heart and prepare it to receive the gos- 
pel seed as sacred music. 

The Brethren of the Botetourt church were 
impressed with the need of more true and vi- 
tal godliness in their members and of bring- 
ing others into the fold of Christ. They se- 
lected Bro. Jonas Graybill to lead in a series 
of meetings to be held in the Troutville con- 
gregation. Our ministering brethren stood 
by him to hold up his hands. The brethren 
and sisters felt they had a place to fill at ev- 
ery meeting. We were favored with good 
roads and beautiful nights. The attendance 
was large and attention good. The Spirit of 
the Most High seemed to move in the as- 
sembly, and God blessed the meeting. From 
night to night, as the invitation was given, 
sinners deserted the ranks of Satan and 
came out on the Lord's side. After thirteen 
short, pointed, practical Bible lessons were 
given, twenty-eight souls were added to the 
kingdom of God's dear Son. The whole 
community seemed to be aroused to the im- 
portance of an interest in Christ. 

T. C. De.nto.x. 
From Thornton, W. Va. 



in Grant county, a small village of about 
two hundred inhabitants, Bro. Chas. Frantz 
and wife accompanying us. Here is a place 
where our Brethren have done but little 
preaching, though the Brethren have a meet- 
ing-house at some distance in the country. 
Some of our brethren thought it useless to 
go to the above-named place, but Bro. Frantz 
thought differently. AVe staid until Dec. o, 
held eight meetings, and better attention Ave 
seldom saw. The crowd was large. Many 
expressed themselves well pleased with the 
meeting. Our rule is to preach the Word as 
we understand it, and then tell the people to 
search the Scriptures, and see if these things 
be so. There were no additions here, but, 
from what I could learn and see, nothing is 
lost. We preached at Paddy's Land, Dec. 3, 
at night; also on Sunday, at 11 A. M. Here 
the Spirit of God was at work. One dear 
sister was reclaimed. How glad it makes 
us, to see them come! After meeting we 
left these dear people. At Laureldale v/as 
our last meeting east of the Alleghanies. 
We arrived home in safety and found all 
well, for which we are thankful to our Fa- 
ther. Z. Annon. 
»- ♦ ■ 

Working for the Master. 



When 1 last wTote I was at the home of 
Bro. Hiram Lyon. Our meetings lasted 
eight days. Daring this time one was added 
to the church. Congregations were fair and 
attention to the Word preached seemed to 
be good- The members here are in good 
working order. This is the church of which 
our esteemed brother, William Michael, for- 
uieily had ciiuige. I wae taken to MaysYille 



Our last was written at Wawaka, Nov. Ist, 
where we had been called to preach on bap- 
tism and attend a love-feast, which occurred 
Nov. 5. We had a pleasant meeting. One 
was added by baptism, and others seemed 
near the kingdom. It is a little strange that 
people will make such desperate efforts to 
evade the truth when it is no harder to fol- 
low than error. All efforts at forming a par- 
allel sentence with the commission (Matt. 28: 
19), not retiuiring a threefold action, must 
prove a failui'e, and only more firmly en- 
trench the trine immersionist in the faith of 
the Bible on that subject. 

I returned home Nov. 7; found all well, for 
which we thank the Lord. Bro. J. 0. Mur- 
ray, of North Manchester, was still laboring 
for our people. He is a workman that need 
not be ashamed. 

Nov. 12, at 10 A. M., we attended the fu- 
neral of Silvie Ashbrook, daughter of broth- 
er and sister James Ashbrook, of Milford. 
She was a young lady of excellent qualities. 
She was deeply impressed with a sense of 
her duty, but, like many others, thought she 
would wait awhile. 

On the same day, at 2 P. M., we met at 
Pleasant Yiew Chapel in council, to appoint 
and arrange for a love-feast. We appointed 
the feast for Nov. 15, at 1 P. M. At this 
council we had the presence and assistance 
of elders J. H. Miller, M. M. Eshelman and 
J. C. Murray. We had about one hundred 
communicants, and all the available space in 
the house was well-filled with attentive spec- 
tators. Bro. Murray closed the protracted 
meeting Nov. 17. The meetings, while well 
attended, did not result in additions, but 
greatly strengthened the church. 

Nov. IG, a small communion was held at 
the home of Bro. Sylvanus Hisey, he and his 
sister being sink. At this n^eeting aboixt fif- 
teen meraberg comma^iCLl, 



Nov. 24th I began a meeting in the Cedar 
Creek church, De Kalb Co., Ind. This 
church is presided over by Eld. Jacob Gump. 
We labored here two weeks. As a visible 
result the members seemed to be strength- 
ened and three were added by baptism. 

Dec. 10th we met the Eock Bun church in 
council. While here, we received a message 
to come home to baptize two persons and 
hold a communion in a family that was af- 
flicted, but we failed to reach our destination 
that night, owing to bad roads and the dark 
night. The nest day we baptized the appli- 
cants and held the communion referred to 
above. 

Dec. 12th, in company with W. B. Neflf, we 
went to the home of Bro. Isaac Smith, to 
anoint his daughter Mary, who was suffering 
with typhoid fever. Here we beheld a sight 
we shall never forget. In one room lay 
three of the children with that terrible fever, 
and another had just got out of bed to make 
room for one of the three. The young sister 
referred to above died Dec. 15. Our sympa- 
thies go out to that distressed family, but 
they need not sorrow as those who have no 
hope. 

Dec. 14, we held a communion at the home 
of Bro. A. Beckuel, in Milford, for some old 
and infirm sisters that could not attend the 
communion services at the church-house, 
making three small communions held for in- 
firm members of our congregation, this fall 
and winter, and one at the church. 

AV. E. Deeter. ' 



From Frederick, Md, 

Nov. 20 we began a series of meetings, 
conducted by Bro. Solomon Bucklew, of 
Markleysburg, Pa. On Thanksgiving Day 
we held our love-feast. About 160 members 
communed. We continued onr meeting un- 
til Dec. 5. One was added by baptism, — an 
old sister seventy-six years old. Several 
others promised to come soon. We feel that 
we had a very profitable meeting. Our lit- 
tle band here, in and around the city,' num- 
bers about 41 members. Nine have been re- 
ceived by baptism during the last year. We 
have a very interesting Sunday- school, and 
desire the prayers of our beloved Brother- 
hood in behalf of the efforts put forth for 
the salvation of souls. W. A. Gaunt. 

Echoes from Woodbury, Baltimore Uo., Md, 

The little band of brethren and sisters 
that live here in Baltimore is a branch of 
the Meadow Branch congregation, Md. We 
have regular meetings every four weeks. I 
am glad to say that we are increasing in 
number; in the last year fourteen precious 
souls have been made willing to turn from 
their evil ways. There are still more that 
are counting the cost and almost i)ersuaded. 
We would be glad if ministering brethren, 
who come to visit Baltimore, would come 
here and preach for us. If any such will 
notify me, I will make an appointment foj- 
thsm, ns Woodbury is only a short distance 
I from iiftitUUW<^ We hivVe a bin^iiig-clttSS 



Jan. 10, 1888. 



F5E G0S:PEL MESSKr^GKR. 



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that meets twice a week, and we rejoice to 
join in with the brethren and sisters in sing- 
ing the sweet songs of Zion. Pray for us 
that we may hold out faithful ! 

Lewis Habman. 

From Beaver Creek Church, Rockingham Co., Va. 



Bro. Joseph M. Cline, of Fort Defiance, 
Augusta Co., Ya., began a series of meetings 
Nov. 27, and continued until Dec. 7. During 
this meeting twenty-six dear souls were made 
willing to accept Christ. Those who came, 
varied in age from 13 to 00. 0, dear breth- 
ren and sisters, pray for the lambs! May 
God help them to live faithful. During 
this meeting Joseph Kagey, of Dayton, Va., 
preached an excellent sermon. We believe 
a good work has been done among us. All 
came to the front and worked together. 

Wm. M. Wine. 



From Harrison Co., Ind. 



Bkethren Lewis Kinsey and Jacob Rife, 
of Wayne Co., arrived Nov. 21, and held 
meetings for one week. Our love-feast oc- 
curred Nov. 25. The rain and muddy roads, 
nearly all the time during the meetings, 
caused a small attendance, and kept many of 
our old members from attending the com- 
munion. Still we had a good time, all 
things considered. Our brethren preached 
the Word with zeal and earnestness. We 
had an election for a deacon, and Bro. Jacob 
F. Reiff was called to that ofiice. 

Geo. W. Myers. 



In the Field Again. 



In the spring of 1886, a little band left the 
Dorchester church, Saline Co., Nebr., and 
settled in Cheyenne county, Kansas. A 
number also came from Marshall Co., Iowa, 
among whom was Esrom Slifer, wife and 
children. In August following they were 
visited by Eld. M. M. Eshelman, John Hol- 
linger and B. B. Whitmer, and organized in- 
to a church, to be known as the Cheyenne 
church, Kans. They elected brethren Geo. 
W. Myers and John H. Cakerice, as minis- 
ters, and Bro. Slifer as deacon, their territo- 
ry to include the counties of Cheyenne, Sher- 
man and Rawlins, Kans. They chose for 
their elder, M. M. Eshelman. Oct. 22 they 
were again visited by elders John Ikenber- 
ry and Hawn, of Quinter, Gove Co., Kans., 
and held their first love-feast. During the 
same summer a number of other members 
moved into Sherman county, and handed in 
their letters. After Oct. 21th, 188C, they 
had no more visits by any of the brethren. 
They were instructed by letter, by their eld- 
er, how to proceed in church work, and, dur- 
ing the last summer, personally. 

Sept. 21 was appointed for their love-feast 
in Cheyenne county, and the 28th for the 
feast in Sherman county. But when the 
time came, their elder saw that he could not 
attend on account of other engagements. He 
wrote to some other elders to go and labor 
for thorn, but tliey, too, could not be with 



them, and all preparations being made for 
the feast on the 24th, and not knowing but 
some one would be with them, until in the 
evening, they felt much disappointed, and 
consulted together what to do. The church 
unanimously said, " Go on with the feast," 
aud appointed Bro. John F. Cline to oiiiciate 
in the services of the feast. They recalled 
the feast in Sherman county, and informed 
their elder of what they had done. He, feel- 
ing that other duties prevented him from 
serving them any longer, as becoming to an 
elder, re.^igned, and advised them to choose 
some one else, to help them. Some of them 
being acquainted with me, held council with 
the church, and chose me, to come and labor 
with them and for them, to get into better 
working order. According to their request, 
I left my home Nov. 9, and on the 12th was 
with them. On the 14th we had church 
council in the Cheyenne church, when it 
became known that the members in Sherman 
county requested to be organized into a 
church by themselves for convenience's sake. 
We counseled with the members in Chey- 
enne county, who unitedly considered it for 
the better. Then a council was appointed 
for the 19 th, at the house of Bro. John F. 
Cline, in Sherman county, where all the 
members of Sherman county met. All de- 
sired the organization and all were willing 
to labor together in the gospel as understood 
by the Brethren in Annual Meeting, and so 
were organized. They call their congrega- 
tion the Fairview church. They have for 
their ministers, John F. Cline, who was for- 
warded to the second degree, and Byron 
Sprague, who quite lately moved among 
them, also in the second degree. Levi Whis- 
ler is their deacon. They chose for their 
elder your correspondent. This church now 
comprises thirteen members. 

Nov. 21st they held their first communion, 
at the house of Bro. Levi Whisler, where fif- 
teen members engaged in the commemora- 
tion of the death of their dear Redeemer. 
We continued meetings until the evening of 
Nov. 24. On the morning of the 2oth, breth- 
ren John Cakerice, John F. Cline and the 
writer started again to Cheyenne, intending 
to hold a few meetings there, but a severe 
snow-storm on the 26th prevented our hav- 
ing any meetings there, so, on the evening of 
the 27tb, we went to Bird City, to spend the 
night with Bro. Andrew Snov>'berger. In 
the morning Bro. Cline and myself started 
for Dundy county, Nebr., to visit a few mem- 
bers there and liold some meetings for them. 
After a hard day's drive we reached the 
place where sister Snider, and Bro. and sis- 
ter Nihart, live, and the next evening we 
commenced our meetings and continued a 
week. The meetings grew in interest and 
number all the time, biit the doctrine being 
new to them, there were no additions, but 
many said, "Don't leave us so soon; we want 
to know more of the true gospel." But we 
felt that other duties called us away to our 
homes. We expect to go there again in the 
near future, as wo believe there are some 
near the kingdom, Dec. 8 we arrived home, 
finding all well. Wc tliauk God fur Ids cttre 



over us and family while absent from each 

other. 

On the morning of Dec. 10 we boarded the 
'< train at Holyoke, a new town on the railroad 

built last summer through this part 

of Colorado, and made our way to Sterling. 
I We are now at the house of Bro. R. J. Pat- 
^ terson, where we commenced meeting on the 
'. evening of the 11th, and will continue at 

least a week, and perhaps longer. We ex- 
' pect to be in the work all winter, if health 

will permit. Very few i^eople in this jiart 

of the country know much of the Brethren's 

faith and doctrine, and many are prejudiced, 
! by having heard erroneous representations, 
I so the work is not so pleasant here as it is 

in other places where people know more 
: about the Brethren. It is a great advantage 
: to have the church, with its united prayers, 

support you. John S. Snowbergeb. 

^alesburg, Colo. 



From Cerro Gordo, 111. 



Nov. 8, my daughter, Mary Heuricks, and 

I started for Dayton, Ohio. We stopped one 

day and night in Indiana, with my son, and 

arrived in Ohio, in the Bear Creek church, 

the 11th. Our first meetings were in the 

, Bear Creek church, where wife and I united 

; with the church. Next we went to Tom's 

; Run, where we had two meetings. We next 

' went to Dayton, where we had one meeting. 

The same evening we went to Stillwater 

j Junction, and had a pleasant meeting. At 

I Wolf Creek church I met Eld. John Wise, 

; who had just commenced a series of meet- 

I ings. In Eld. George Holler's church we 

I had three meetings, and then went to Still- 

i water Junction again, where we had one 

i meeting. We then went to the Stillwater 

\ church, and had three meetings. While in 

' the Valley we preached about twenty-five 

\ sermons. Our visit to Ohio was a pleasant 

! one, and will not soon be forgotten. The 

1 brethren and sisters and their children have 

I our many thanks for their love and kindness 

! shown us. John Metzger. 



From Brothers' Valley Chvirch, Pa. 



The Brethren of the Brothers' Valley con- 
gregation held a series of meetings, conduct- 
ed by Bro. John Flory, of Bridgewater, Va. 
He commenced Oct. 14, and closed on the 
28th of the same month. The meetings were 
well attended, and a deep interest was mani- 
fested. The church was much revived, and 
three precious souls were made to walk in 
newness of life. 

On the evening of Dec, 1, another protract- 
ed meeting began in the Pleasant Grove 
house, in the same congregation. This 
meeting is still in progress, and is conduct- 
ed by the home ministers. With every meet- 
ing the interest has been growing, and undi- 
vided attention has been given to the Word 
preached. Thus far three have been baptized. 
The members are at peace with one another, 
and the church moves along pleasantly. 

WiLLIAH G. ScHROCIv. 
BerUn, Pa. 



FHE d^OSPKI. AlHSSKKGrBR 



Jan. 10, 1888. 



£l(e §os^d Messenger, 

Published \\'eekl_v b_v u\c Brethren's Publishing- Co., 
at $1.50 per annum. 



The address of Bro. Daniel Bock has been 
changed from Ervin, Howard Co., Ind., to 
Eidgeway, Howard Co., Ind. 



JAMHS QCINTKK. 
U. L. MILLilK, 



- - - - Editor. 
Office Editor. 

JOSEPH AJllCK. 
Husino<fs Manager of Western Honse, Mt. Morris, 111. 

J. B BliCMBAUGH. J. G. KOiEU, - Associate Editors 

.VDVISOBY COMMirrEE, 

K. H. MiUer, S. S. Mohler, Daniel Hays. 



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Order. Drifts, or IJegistered Letters, made paj-able and ad- 
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or "Brethreu's Publishing Co , Huntingdon, Pa." 

B^ Communications for publication should be legibly 
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sepiirate from all other business. 

J2^" When changing your address, please giye your fobsieb 
as well as your FTTUBE address in full, so as to avoid delay 
and misacJeritandicg 



Mount Morris, 111. 



Jan. 10, 1888. 



The address of Bro. Samuel Edgecomb 
has been changed from Monmouth, Kan., to 
McCune. Kau. 



The address of J. F. Mason is changed 
from Edna Mills, Clinton Co., tnd., to Mul- 
berry, Clinton Co., Ind. 



A NEW paper. The School, Fireside and 
Fartu, published by the Trustees of McPher- 
gon College and Industrial Institute, will ap- 
pear in a few weeks. Address the publish- 
ere for a sample copy. 



Ox Sunday evening, Dec. 25, Bro. C. Hol- 
siuger commenced a series of meetings in 
the Okaw church, at La Place, 111., expecting 
to continue for some time. We hope to hear 
of good results from this meeting. 



Bru. I. J. EosENBEKGEii, when last heard 
from, was on his way to the "Wolf Creek 
church, Ohio, twelve miles west of Dayton. 
He reports the meetings at Covington as be- 
ing ' juite interesting and resulting in one ad- 
dition by baptism. 



Ell-. S. H. Myers reports that Bro. J. M. 
Mohler, of Pennsylvania, has been preaching 
in their congregation in Rockingham Co., 
Va.. for some time, and as a result eighty- 
nine were added by baptism and many others 
are near the kingdom. 



OCR Correspondence Department, for the 
last fev>- weeks, has been taking up rather 
more space than usually, but even with the 
extra space we have been unable to accom- 
modate all. By next week, however, wo ex- 
pect to have room for all the matter now on 
hand. 

There have been some inquiries for a 
good Bible Atlas. AYe are pleased to state 
that we can supply a very good work, " The 
Manual of Biblical Geography," at a reason- 
able i>rice. The work contains large and 
finely executed maps suited to the needs of 
the Bible student. Every Sunday-school 
Avorker should have a copy of this work, as it 
will give him a better understanding on 
many points than he could get in any other 
way. "We supply this work, post-paid for 



Ja:;^. 2 we were pleased to see Bro. S. Z. 
Sharp step into the office, looking as well as 
usual. He reports McPherson as prosper- 
ing, and the College Buildings as being push- 
ed forward as fast as the condition of the 
weather will permit. 



Bro. IvOYER spent the Holidays with the 
Brethren at Milledgeville. His labors were 
intended more especially for the building up 
of the church, and while the members are 
much refi'eshed, the deep impressions made 
on others will likely produce good results in 
the near future. 



Bead the article, " What I Don't Like to 
See," by Bro. D. E. Price, in another column. 
The points in question are treated with such 
a degree of terseness, that we look forward 
with interest to the other article, " AVhat I 
Like to See," with which our brother has 
promised to favor us. 



EDITORIAL NOTES. 



Overland. 

I Dictated.] 

Ix the rapid strides of progress, made in 
this country, none are more surprising and 
far-reaching in their results than the achieve- 
ments attained by our railroad engineers in 
uniting the Atlantic and Pacific with contin- 
uous bands of iron. Thirty-five years ago, 
when we were school-boys, we read with sur- 
prise and bated breath the adventures of 
Lewis and Clark, those hardy pioneer ex- 
plorers, who ventured into the wilds of the 
Rocky Mountains and brought back thrilling 
accounts of hair-breadth escapes from Indi- 
ans and grizzlies. A few years later, John 
C. Fremont threaded his way through the 
Rockies, with great suffering and loss of life 
to his party. For his heroic work in search- 
ing out a road across the mountains, he was 
given the name of "Pathfinder." 

In those days, the idea that a railroad 
might be built over and through the Rocky 
Mountains had not entered the brain of the 
most daring engineer. These huge barriers, 
thrown across the continent by nature, were 
considered impassable by man ; and, in 1848, 
when gold was discovered, the journey to 
California was made by steamer from New 
York to San Francisco. When finally an en- 
gineer, with the eye of a prophet, suggested 
that a railroad was possible, he was set down 
as a fit subject for a lunatic asylum. Labored 
treatises were written to show the impractic- 
ability of the project. It was learnedly ar- 
gued that, if such a road were built, the en- 
tire motive power of the engines would have 
to be used to draw fuel and water to supply 
them as they made their way across the tree- 
less and trackless wastes of the Great Amer- 
ican Desert. 

Scarcely one-third of a century hm passed 
away, and iour great rail;(ja.l.-i unite the At- 



lantic and Pacific coasts. One may now 

make a journey m a few days that would 

have taken months a few years ago, and was 

: then made only by the venturesome pioneer. 

I Now one may take a seat in a comfortable 

I Pullman Car, or better still, in one of the new 

I Tourists' Sleeping Cars, furnished by the 

i Santa Fe R. R., in which may be enjoyed 

many home comforts, and in four or five days 

I find himself in California. Bro. A^animau, 

j in his " Chips," fully describes the Tourists' 

Sleepers, and Ave will only say that we have 

seldom enjoyed a trip more than the one we 

are making across the continent in these 

cars. 

Our trip was begun under rather unfavor- 
able circumstances. We were snow-bound at 
Kansas City about twenty-eight hours. Our 
little party, seven in number, Avas made up 
I as follows: Bro. Daniel Vaniman; his broth- 
I er George; his brother-in-law, Mr. Stutzmau, 
of A'^irden, 111. ; Bro. Moses Brubaker, of the 
same place, and Bro. S. C. Price, of Mt. Mor- 
ris, familiarly known to many of our readers 
as " Uncle Sam." At Kansas City Ave Avere 
met by Mr. McDonaugh, the efficient Gener- 
al Traveling Agent of the S. F. R. R., Avho 
did everything in his power to assist us in 
preparing for the long journey of nearly two 
\ thousand miles. Mr. McDonaugh has placed 
us under reneAved obligations by this kind- 
ness. Many of our brethren knoAV him quite 
Avell, for it was largely ov/ing to his inde^ 
fatigable labors that Ave enjoyed such excel- 
j lent railroad facilities at our last Annual 
: Meeting. 

We left Kansas City at 1: 30 P. M., Dec. 
21, taking the old reliable Santa Fe route, 
I Avhich is much the best for a winter trip 
across the continent. The liability of being 
snow-bound on' the more northern routes, 
makes the Santa Fe the great favorite for 
this season of the year. We find it to be in 
every respect a first-class road, and do not 
hesitate to recommend it to our friends who 
contemplate taking a trip to California. 

A pleasant incident connected with our 
trip occurred at Nickerson, Reno Co., Kans., 
Avhere brethren Percy J. Trostle and D. W. 
Miller, Avith their wives, Bi'o. S. C. Price's 
daughters, met us on board of the train at 4 
o'clock in the morning. We have known 
them all for many years, and we enjoyed a 
short, but very pleasant, reunion, which last- 
ed but a few minutes. Then the Avhistle 
sounded, a hasty good-bye Avas said, and we 
were hurried away across the plains of Kan- 
sas, They left behind them a substantial re- 
minder of their short call, in the shape of a 
good supply of provisions. AVith our larder 
thus replenished, Ave entertain no fears of a 
famine. 

The effects of the severe snow-storm that 
passed over the country pn the 19th and 20th 
inst, are to be seen as Ave proceed Avestward. 
The cold Avas inteuBe, and in many places 
cattle perished from iJic suveiity ui' the 



Jau. 10, 1888. 



THE GOSPHL XlKSSENGBvR 



25 



storm. Near the Colorado line it was re- 
ported that several men were frozen to death 
ou the plains. 

At La Junta the road turns southward, 
and Ave enter the mountain ranges of south- 
eastern Colorado. Crossing the highest 
point at Raton, at an elevation of 7,622 feet, 
we enter New Mexico by the ancient gateAvay 
of the "Santa Fe Trail." Passing through 
New Mexico, Ave notice many mud huts, 
Avhich, Avith their liat roofs, remind us much 
of the Arab villages of Palestine. 

We close this letter in time to mail it at 
Albuquerque, over UOO miles from Kansas 
City. So far, our trip has been a delightful 
and enjoyable one, and we realize the Lord 
has been with us. D. L. M. 

Albuquerque, X. M., Dec. 23, 1887. 



EDITORIAL CORRESPONBENCE. 

\ Covington, Ohio, 
( Dec. 26, 1887. 
Dear Gospel Messenger: — 

We sit down this morning at our tem- 
porary, but very pleasant home, in the fami- 
ly of Bro. John Mikesell, to give you a little 
correspondence. It is noAv early in the 
morning, a little after flA-e o'clock. It is all 
quiet in the house, for there seems to be 
none up but ourself ; and could Ave have slept 
longer Ave AA'oukl have done so. But we 
awoke early, as Ave are in the habit of doing, 
and feeling much rested and refreshed after 
our labor of preaching last night, and want- 
ing to Avrite something for the Messenger, 
Ave arose soon after Ave awoke, and having at- 
tended to our little toilet service and morn- 
ing private deA'otions, we have seated ourself 
at oiir table to Avrite to you. AVe are enjoy- 
ing quite a common share of bodily health, 
and no less of spiritual life, health and 
peace. When Ave .looked up to the hills 
from the altar of prayer upon Avhich Ave laid 
our morning sacrifice to use the thought and 
language of David, Avho said, "I Avill lift 
up mine eyes unto the hills, from Avhence 
cometh my help,"' Ave felt God's goodness in 
a very considerable degree, and we Avere very 
happy in the feeling. " Truly God is good 
to Israel, even to such as are of a clean heart." 
Not that Ave feel that our heart is clean, but 
Ave are laboring to have it so, and, therefore, 
it is, perhaps, that the Lord looks upon us so 
graciously. " I Avill say of the Lord, he is 
my refuge and my fortress: my God: in him 
Avill I trust." 

Oar labor here since avo commejiced our 
meeting on the 8th inst., has been such that 
we have been kept very busy. We have 
tried to preach tAvice a day, for the last tAvo 
Aveeks. Besides this, Ave have done consider- 
able visiting. ITnder such circumstances we 
have not had much time to Avrite for the 
MEttSENGEli. But we have tried to Avrite 
some. Though Ave are well aifd happy, we 
are often too tired betAveen our services to 



write much. We, at times, can snatch up a 
feAv moments to devote to writing. When 
going on a journey Ave always take some 
books Avith us, and then, if Ave are alone, Ave 
are not lonesome. Persons of literary habits 
and taste need never feel lonely, if they have 
books about them. Good books are good 
companions. 

We are in a pleasant town, and in a pleas- 
ant congregation of Brethren. The town of 
Covington has about 2,000 inhabitants. It 
has a pleasant country around it, and the 
moral and social qualities of the citizens will 
compare f aA'orably Avith those of other towns. 
While Ave have been here, the people of the 
toAvn have voted on " Local Option," and vot- 
j ed against selling intoxicating liquor. The 
j people are divided in their religious senti- 
! ments, as they generally are in all commiini- 
} ties in our country. 

i The congregation of the Brethren here is 
i large, numbering about three hundred. lam 
i informed that nearly one-fourth of the mem- 
I bors live in the town of CoA'ington. They 
have a good house of AA'orship, but it id not 
large enough at times. They do not hold 
communion meetings in toAvn, though it 
would seem that they should do so. They 
have a good Sunday-school, and they keep it 
up all the year. Elder Samuel Mohler, the 
older of the two elders here, is not Avell. He 
is becoming frail. He is in his eightieth 
year. At his request, Bro. I. J. Bosenberger 
and ourself anointed him. His labor in the 
church is coming to a close. From the pres- 
ent indications, he Avill not labor much more. 
He is a father to the church, and he is much 
esteemed both in and out of the church. 
During the time we labored with him when 
we lived here, we found him to be a pleasant 
brother to labor with. Bro. I. J. Bosenber- 
ger, the other elder of the church here, traA'- 
els very much, and is much the gi'eater part 
of his time from home. Brethren Bosenber- 
ger, a brother to I. J., and W. Boggs, are the 
other ministers here. Bro. Bosenberger is a 
physician, and has a good practice, and hence 
can not give the attention to the ministry 
that it is desirable he should give; but he 
does his part. Brother Boggs is an active 
laborer in the Master's vineyard. Bro. I. J. 
Bosenberger is a very successful evangelist, 
hence has many calls from the churches for 
his labor, and he is a good deal from home, 
as above remarked. 

Our meeting closed last night, haAdng con- 
tinued a little over tAvo Aveeks. The Breth- 
ren thought Ave had a very good meeting, and 
Ave thought so too. We enjoyed the meeting 
and the associations Avitli the Brethren very 
much. The strong attachment that once 
seemed mutually to exist between the Coa-- 
iugton church and ourself, Avas much revived 
by our visit to it. The value of the meeting 
Avas not so raiicli estimated by the additions 
to the church, as there Avas but one, as by 
the edification it afforded to the members of 



the church. They seemed to enjoy the meet- 
ing. The congregations Avere large, and the 
attention was very good, and there was indi- 
cation of considerable feeling at times. We 
indulge the hope that the efforts made will 
produce some more fruit hereafter, in the 
friendly aliens that attended the meeting. 

We Avere glad to see the members of the 
church manifesting the interest which they 
did in the meeting. The members of the 
church in these times need stirring up and 
Avarming up that they may not get cold, or 
Aveary in Avell-doing. Such need is not con- 
lined to the church of this age only, but it 
existed in the church of former times, and 
indeed of all times. It is to be feared that 
the generality of professing Christians do not 
feel the need of spiritual culture to the de- 
gree that they should feel it. It is very 
doubtful Avhether ministers give as much at- 
tention to this subject as they ought to give 
it. Spiritual culture should be urged, and 
urged much. Professing Christians must 
enjoy their Christianity or they Avill seek en- 
joyment elsewhere, and then they Avili get 
indifferent and cold. " He maketh me to lie 
doAvn in green pastures: he leadeth me be- 
side still Avaters." Here are clear indications 
of spiritual enjoyment, and that of a very 
high order. There are surely green pastures 
provided by the heavenly Shepherd, and if 
there is a spiritual appetite for them, tliey 
Avill be highly enjoyed. It is not the improp- 
er use of ordinances alone that causes many 
in the church to be "weak," and "sickly" 
and " to sleep." There are other causes, and 
they should be ascertained and most diligent- 
ly guarded against. "For when for the 
time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need 
that one teach you again Avliich be the first 
principles of the oracles of God; and are be- 
come such as have need of milk, and not of 
strong meat." So the apostle wrote to his 
HebreAv brethren, and it Avas by no means 
commendable of tlieir Christian culture. 

We shall go to-day to the Newton church 
and have a feAv meetings and then leave for 
home. We had expected to remain in the 
NeAvton church a Aveek or two, and the 
Brethren expected it, but as the meeting con- 
tinued here longer than Ave exjiected it 
Avould, and circumstances require us to be 
at home in a fcAv days, Ave can not give the 
Newton Brethren the time we expected to 
give them. 

As the time for our returning home is 
drawing near, Ave are anticipating tbe enjoy- 
ments of our home comforts, Avhich are very 
enjoyable to us, but Ave are loath to leave the 
dear Brethren here ns they have been so 
vei-y kind, and our felloAvship has been verj- 
pleasant. But we are comforted in our 
Christian hope, — 

'■ It i^ the hope, the hli»>fu! hopt\ 
W'iiich Jet-U!-' yiace h.is given — 
The hope, wlu-n (.l:i\s nnd year>i .ire p.ist, 
W'e a\\ ^\\a.\\ meel in lieaven." 

.1. Q. 



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I H H aoSPRL MESSPrXGER 



Jan. 10, 1888. 



.Voces' jroin our (orrcapondents. 

■'A^ ooM w-Rter is to a thirsty Stiul. so is srocxl news 
from a far cmintry." 

-Bro. •!. N. Peny, of the Quinter church, 
Kaiis., reports that one sister was added to 
the church near Goexl AVater. Kans., Dec. li). 

-Exeelleut opportunities for those th^sir- 
iiig good farms ca)i be liad l>v addressinj^ W. 
B. Sell, Boi ItU, Barnt.ll City, Mo., or Wui. 
r. Davis, Sheridau, Mo. 

Bro. E. E. Fike, of Melbourne^ Iowa, 
would like to know the address of sister 
Baker, the widow of Bro. Samuel Baker. 
When last heai'd from, she was living some- 
where in Nebraska. 

Bro. Charles Beagle wishes us to make 
H correction as follows: " In my report of the 
meeting held by J. H. Meyers. Nov. 19, 
which appeared in Messenger No. 49, Dec. 
lo, I said ■ love-feast," while I should have 
said ' meeting.' "' ; 

—Bro. D. H. Brumbaugh, of Loysburg, 
Pa., writes: " We are glad to report fourteen 
accessions by baptism. The meetings were 
conducteil by Bro. Michael Claar, at the : 
Koontz meeting-house, in the Snake Spring ; 
eougregatioa. The Wo) d was preached with 
power." 

— Glad Tidings reach us from the Little 
Traverse church, Mich. Bro. Samuel Wei- , 
mer reports that on Sunday, Dec. 17, they ! 
had two accessions. Though the lake was 
quite lough at the time of baptism, yet the 
applicants did not wish to defer, but entered 
the water bravely. 

— Sister Dora Marshall, of Salem church, 
Ohio, has been keej^ing an account of those 
baptized during 1887, as given in the Mes- 
.'3E^'GEB, and puts the number at 4,892. There 
were 183 reclaimed. Truly, we may well be 
thankful that God has been blessing the 
work so bountifully! 

— Bro. David Detrick, of Bellefontaine, O., 
under date of Dec. 10, says: " A series of 
meetings commenced in the Logan church, 
Logan county, Dec. 15, conducted by the 
home ministers. Bro. S. W. Hoover, of 
Dayton, and others, will be here soon to take 
charge of the meetings." 

— Bro. B. F. Kittiuger, of Gettysburg, Pa., 
says.: " We have now in progress a very in- 
teresting series of meetings in our church 
(Marsh Creekj, at a ix»int where the cause 
has suffered some reverses. "We hope, by 
the grace of God, to regain our losses and 
' hold the fort' Bro. S. H. Utz is with us." 

—Bro. B. E. Britt, of the Mill Creek 
church, Adams Co., 111., gives a report of 
their love-feast which occurred Oct 29 and 
30. Ministers from abroad were, J. Pool, J. 
L. Meyers and B. H. Strickler. The Word 
was preached with power, and the saints edi- 
fied. The}- also had a very eojoyaVjle 
Thanksgiving meeting and a very pleasant 
series of meetings during the following week. 
Though the attendance was not very large, 
yet good impressions were made, and one 
Boul ind-ic^d to turn to the Way of Lifs. 



— The joyful news comes from Johnsville, 
Ya., that three souls were added to the 
church, and one reclaimed. Bro. John Naff 
commenced a series of meetings Dec. 10, 
preaching in all seventeen sermons. The 
church was greatly eilified and many good 
impressions made. 

—Sister Anette Gish, of Burr Oak, Jewell 
Co.. Kans., writes some kind words for the 
M>:s,SEN'UEii, and asks all the brethren and 
sisters to remember sister Sumstiue and the 
work she has done. The small indebtedness, 
yet due on the meeting-house, would soon be 
paid if each one would do just a little. 

— Sister Mary E. Rose, of Hope, Clark 
Co., Mo., says: "The Messenger has been a 
great help to me, as we have no preaching 
here by the Brethren. I do not know why 
the Brethren do not come to Clark Co., Mo. 
It has a good class of people in it, and many 
advantages. As a mission point it can not 
fail to produce good results." 

-Bro. J. Sherfy sends us these words of 
encouragement: " The apostle Paul, at one 
time, had cause to complain that ' all men ' 
had forsaken him. So we also sometimes 
feel despondent, being misrepresented, cast 
down, and rejected, but in the midst of the 
gloom we enjoy a ray of light and hope, by 
reading the contents of the Messenger." 

— Bfo. Joel Moomaw, of Laddonia, Mo., 
writes: " Bro. Bowman came Nov. 4, and 
stayed one week, holding some very inter- 
esting meetings. Deep impressions were 
made, which, we trust, will result in many ac- 
cessions. Any brethren traveling through 
this neighborhood are requested to stop with 
us and give us a word of encouragement" 

— Bro. E. G. Zug, of Dodge City, Kans., 
t-ays: " We have no preaching to go to here, 
and in our isolation the Messenger is doub- 
ly interesting to us. We have not heard a 
brother preach for ten months, and I think 
that some might stop and give us a few- 
meetings, while passing through this vicini- 
ty. We live about one and one-half miles 
north of Dodge City, Kans." 

— Bro. G. J. Schrock, from the Brothers' 
Valley church, Pa., writes: "We had an in- 
teresting series of meetings at the Eaiman 
church, beginning Dec. 1, and closing Dec. 
18, conducted by the home ministers. We 
had five accessions. Here we learned that 
there is much value in the work of home 
ministers. Churches sometimes depend too 
much on outside help." 

— Bro. D. K. Richards writes: "Some one, 
in the Messenger, wanted to know how 
Christ was our sin-bearer. I think it was on 
the cross that Christ bore our sins. In his 
ministry he taught by precept and example 
what our lives should be, but for our sins he 
atoned on the cross. The Messenger is the 
only preacher 1 have. I would send for 
some tracts, bat have not the means; four 
years of failui'e in crops have reduced me, 
financially. Though isolated from the 
church, and 7(i years old, yet I hope 1 am 
still in the faith, and, by God's grace, hope to 
continue iinto the end." 



— A few kind words are sent us by sister 
j Kate Johnson, of Somerset, Pa. The Mes- 
i SENGKR is much appreciated by her, and she 

is anxious to introduce it wherever she can, 
' being convinced that it will do a great deal 
i of good. \Ye hope our sister Avill be 8U(-- 

cessful in her endeavors! 

i Bro. Wm. B. Sell, of Parnell City, Mo., 

] writes: "Permit me to say Amen to the arti- 
, cles published in Messenger Nob. 40 and 47, 
I headed, " Our Ministry." Those who have 
^ not read them shoidd be sure to do so. May 
1 the Lord enable us all to know and do our 
i part! I also call attention to Bro. Gish's ar- 
: tide in No. 48." 

— Bro. J. W. Gish writes the following 
fi'om the South Beatrice chui-ch, Nebr. : " Wo 
i held our quarterly council Dec 17. The 
j spirit of the meeting Avas commendable. 
1 The home missionary work was not forgot- 
ten. One brother offered to give the pro- 
i ceeds of one acre of corn ; others responded 
j to their obligations previously made. It was 
I decided to increase the number of our ap- 
i pointmente. We also selected a committee 
! to secure some minister to hold a series of 
meetings in January." 

— Sister Mai-y Grable, of Flora, 111., writes: 
i " I should like to know the nearest church to 
the place Avhere I am living, so I could cor- 
resfKDnd Avith some of the ministering breth- 
ren, and arrange for some preaching. This 
would be an excellent place for oar Breth- 
ren to build up a congregation. We can 
have the use of the school-house, and, if no- 
tified previously, my husband will meet any 
of our ministers at the depot Souls are 
; perishing for the Broad of Life, and, Breth- 
j reu, we will be held responsible." 

\ —Workers seem to be always in demand 
I on the frontier. Bro. J. P. Moomaw, of 
j Mystic, Kana, says: " I left my home at Gar- 
rison, Nebr., Dec. lo, for this place. 1 found 
the Brethren here all well, and had one 
meeting, Sunday, the 18th, Then it com- 
menced to storm, 80 we had no meetings 
since. The storm and cold has held us here, 
at S. K. Wine's, until this date, Dec. 21. 
This is a good country, fine soil, and good 
water. It was rather dry last summer, but 
no danger of suffering. They have six or 
eight members, and need a minister. Any 
minister wishing to go AVest, should come 
here and help their little band." 

— Bro. G. W. Eesler writes the following 
from the St. Vrain church, Colo.: "We are 
in the midst of some interesting meetings. 
Bro. J. J. Hoover, of Nebraska, is with us, 
helping the home ministers to hold forth the 
Word. AVe hope to have an awakening 
among those outside of Christ, and that the 
borders of Zion be enlarged. Brethren of 
the East have but little knowledge of the 
amount of hard preaching and reasoning it 
takes to got men, not knowing anything of 
the doctrine of the Brethren, to see all things 
as we see and believe them. May the united 
prayers of God's children go up in our be- 
half, that much good be accomplished for 
the cause of Christ," 



Jan. 10, 1888. 



THF GOSPHL xVIESSKiNiGER. 



2T 



— Bro. James H. Larkins, ol! the Cherry 
Grove church, 111., writes concerning their 
Bible class. They meet on Thursday even- 
ing of each week, at the home of one of the 
members. They use the same lessons as 
given in the Brethren s Quarterly, and find 
the consideration of these topics highly in* 
teresting. Such a class might be conducted 
with great advantage in many places where 
the Sunday-school closes during the winter. 

— Our agents seem to be at work in good 
eal-uest. Bro. J. W. Moore, of Tilidn, Ohio, 
writes: *'The paper is gaining in favor stead- 
ily, and we hope the day may soon come 
when it will not only be read by every broth- 
er and sister, but may be found in every 
household in the land. Bro. A. J. Bauch- 
man is with us at present, holding forth the 
Word of Life. We hope to be able to report 
a bountiful harvest of precious souls in the 
near future." 

—The following Sunday-school report is 
sent us by sister Beruice Ashmore, of Mans- 
field, 111.: "To-day, being Christmas, the 
Blue Eidge church, Piatt Co., 111., thought 
proper to close their Sunday-school for the 
rest of the winter. We organized the first 
Sunday in April by electing Bro. C. H. Ash- 
more, Superintendent, assisted by Ira Mc- 
Daniel and an able corps of officers. We 
had a very interesting school, resulting, we 
hope, in much good, as several members of 
the school united with the church this fall. 
We expect, the Lord willing, to re-organize 
■~iire-iirst Sunday of next April." 

— Bro. N. F. Brubaker, of the Vermillion 
church, Marshall Co., Kaus., writes: "Oar 
little band of members here is still laboring 
-jDU in the cause of the Master. Two dear 
sisters, not long since, made the good con- 
fession, and were baptized. We expect to 
hold a series of meetings iii_the near future, 
having the promise of our elder, J. S. Moh- 
ler. We read in G. M. No. 42, Bro. Jas. E. 
Gish's article on missionary work, and we 
most heartily indorse it. We hope it will 
have its desired effect. We have often 
thought, if Brethren's hearts would expand 
in giving as in I'eceiving, how great an 
amount of money we would have for the 
Lord!" 

— A few thoughts on the year just past are 
sent us by sister Florida Etter, and we give 
a few extracts for our consideration: " We 
can hardly realize the rapidity of time! 
When we consider how little we have done 
for Christ, in comparison wuth what he has 
done for us, vve are made to wonder at the 
grace of God. Were it not that God is just 
and holy, and his love to us greater than 
ours to him, he would have cut off our brit- 
tle thread of life ere now. Let us take fresh 
courage and try to serve him better. His 
promises are sure and steadfast. I think, 
with a little eir'ort, we could help to spread 
the gospel of . Christ more than we do now. 
We could subscribe for our paper, which is 
filled with tidings of great joy, — words pre- 
cious to the Boul! I send mine to Bro, Quin- 
lan's school, and hope it may be of eomo use 
to them." 



— Bro. John Brindle, of Martinsburg, W. 
Ya., says: " We have a large territory here 
in Berkeley, Jefferson and Morgan counties, 
W. Va., but are unable to fill all the calls for 
preaching. We have nearly 100 members 
scattered over the above three counties. I 
am doing all I can. I have two appoint- 
ments every Sunday, and every fourth Sun- 
day three appointments. Our neighborhood 
offers some good inducements to any one 
wishing a cheap home, and we should like to 
have a minister move among us." 

— Sister Mary Hyre, of New Waverly, Cass 
Co., Ind., writes: "I am much afflicted this 
winter, and not able to go to church, but I 
get the Messengeh every week. I get many 
good sermons in it. It is soul-cheering to 
me to read the paper, and I think if w-e 
woidd heed the good admonitions we get, we 
would do well. Let us not forget to read 
our Bibles and study them well. Let us | 
pray God to help us that we might live true, j 
devoted, Christian lives. Let us pray God i 
to abide in truth and holiness." \ 

— Bro. Theo. Heiple, of Ligonier, Pu., i 
writes: "My companion and I started Dqc. i 
9 to Somerset, and arrived at Bro. Specht's 
Saturday evening. I preached for them on 
Sunday to an attentive audience. Next day 
I Avent to the Pleasant Grove meeting-house, 
where the Brethren were about to close a 
series of meetings. I preached there on 
Monday night, and one soul made the good \ 
confession. Next day another aj)plicant I 
came forward, and w^as baptized in the flow- 
ing stream. May God keep them faithful!" 

— Bro. John S. Snowberger, of Julesburg, 
Coio., under date of Dec. 13, says: "We 
much desire members in the East that in- 
tend moving West, to come and see this part 
of the West, as we think no healthier or 
nicer country can be found anywhere. Wa- 
ter is easily obtained. We have one rail- 
road through our country completed, and 
will have another one by next summer. New 
toAvns are springing up all around us. Hol- 
yoke, six miles south-west of my place, 
was started Sept. 21. It has now over one 
htmdred large business houses, representing 
every business needed in a country town." 

— Bro. D. K. Hand, of Hay Springs, Nebr., 
sends us the following: "I was raised by 
good. Christian parents of the New Light 
faith, and I thank the good Lord for the 
Christian training I received. It taught me 
to seai'ch, and in so doing I found I was not 
practicing all of God's commands. I have 
long yearned for the fellowship and the 
Brotherhood of man in Christ, but in early 
life I received wrong impressions of the 
Brethren church. I have tried to worship 
with the Albrights, Presbyterians, Method- 
ists, New Lights, Campbellites and Adveut- 
ists. I found the main and essential part 
lacking, w'hich is charity, love and fellow- 
ship. I bless God that I have found a peo- 
ple where the fellowship is sweet and dear. 
My heart overflows with joy that I am count- 
ed as one qf theiu, though weak and im= 
I wortiiy.'' 



— The value of the Messenger is thus 
spoken of by Bro. Jas. Hilem.an: "Our pa- 
per opens up ncAv light to me in the Bible. 
I read it with care, and after I am done with 
it I send it to my mother, in Pittsburgh, Pa. 
I asked a rich neighbor of mine the other 
day if he did not want to subscribe for a 
good paper. ' No,' he said, ' those religious 
papers are all too high.' For my part I can 
truthfully say that I have read many an ar- 
ticle in the Messengeii that alone was worth 
the entire subscription price." 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

"Writs what thou seeet, and send it unto the churches." 

From Monocacy Church, Md. 



The home ministers commenced a serie-s 
of meetings at the Double Pipe Creek church 
on Nov. 26. Nov. 30 Bra D. F. Stoufter 
came, laboring for us until Dec. 5, when our 
meetings closed, just at the height of the 
best interest. Four souls were received by 
baptism, and two more have made ai^plica- 
tion for next Sunday. Others are striving 
against light and knowledge. One of the ap- 
plicants, a sister, who walked with a crutch, 
had to be assisted in and out of the water by 
a brother. She stood it well, and seemed very 
happy. Our prayer is, that many more who 
are almost persuaded may yet be spared, till 
they can fully make up their minds to serve 
their heavenly Father and leave the world, 
where there is so much uncertainty. 

Samuel WEYDJtiGHx. 



From Laramie Church, Shelby Co,, Ohio. 



Buo. O. F. YouNT came to us Nov. 20, and 
remained until Dec. 11. Bro. Yount is an 
able worker. He is also a good singer, and 
takes a great interest in the young people. 
Dec. 7 we had a children's meeting,— the 
first ever held in our church. The school- 
house being near the church, the teacher. 
Miss Mattie Landis, asked her scholars if 
they would like to attend the children's meet- 
ing. They all came. Bro. Yount made it 
interesting for the children, and the older 
ones were not forgotten. 

The meetings resulted in seven additions 
by baptism. Of these, the youngest appli- 
cant was eleven years old. May they ever 
put their trust in the great Shepherd, who is 
able to protect them from the evils of this 
world! Jonas Deeter. 



From the Field. 



By request, I viei with the Bangor church 
on Thanksgiving Day. and began to hold 
meetings. Much bad weather, religious di- 
vision and a small cloud over the church, 
kept our meetings small at fiist, but gradually 
they eulnrged. This church is in the care of 
Elds. Metzler and Shively. 

Here, with the aid of the church, we ap- 
pointed Bro. Euos Myers as local agent for 
the Tract Work. May he push forward, and 
work faithfully! Gold rings and jewelry 
wer© oijee moiUded into s calf. Will BrO; 



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iHH OOSPKiv MBSSBKGKR 



Jau. 10, 1888. 



Euos, and all the agents, see that the gold, 
silver, etc., are now devoted to the Tract 
Fund'' Supertluity and expensive habits 
must be laid aside, and the means they would 
require, must be used by the Christian for a 
a higher and nobler purpose. The many 
things having but small value in the eyes of 
the owner, when the assessor comes around, 
would, if donated to the Traet Work, benefit 
all coui-erned, and largely aild to the useful- 
ness of the Tract Work. Brethren and sis- 
ters, what can we do for this noble work? 

Daniel Shivei.v. 
Xcir Par/.v, I nil. 



From Pleasant Valley Church. Ind. 

A 1 our last quarterly council-meeting, it 
was decided to hold a series of meetings at 
this place, commencing on the evening of 
Nov. 18. As Bro. J. H. Miller, from Mil- 
ford, Ind., promised to be with us and preach 
for us, on the evening of the appointed time 
for worship we met at the place apjjointed, 
and Bro. Miller and wife met with us. Bro. 
Miller labored faithfully for us, dividing the 
Word of God in its primitive purity. He 
preached thirteen sermons, and we hope the 
good seed sown by God's faithful servants 
will bring forth much fruit in the near fut- 
ure. 

We had very good attendance, with the ex- 
ception of a few meetings, when the inclem- 
ency of the weather interfered. We were 
glad for the good order and respect that the 
young people showed to our beloved brother. 
Although none came out and made that good 
confession, we feel that there were some Avho 
felt the need of their Savior. We hope the 
good seed, sown by our beloved brother, has 
reached some of their hearts and may do 
them good in the near future. May they re- 
alize that they have souls to save! 

AVe felt sorry that some of our members 
could not attend our meetings, on account of 
sickness. Our aged elder, John Shoemaker, 
and wife, were not able to attend, on account 
of ill health. 

We had preaching on Thanksgiving Day. 
An excellent sermon was delivered by Bro. 
Miller. He explained the duty we owe to 
God in thanking him for all we enjoy in this 
life, and the privilege to serve him, as it 
were, under our own vine and fig-tree, no one 
to hinder or molest us, or make us afraid. 

We collected i^2.G0 for the good cause. 
May the Lord help us all in this good work 
of spreading the gospel to a sinful world and 
of bringing souls to that marvelous light! 

Levi E. Wi.aveij. 



the Church. Here we met oi;r son, L. H. 
Eby, also on his way to Walnut Galley, 
where we are now writing. He was in the 
enjoyment of a protracted meeting of unusu- 
al interest for his place; but last night a se- 
vere snow-storm forbade our assembling, 
which, perhaps, will chill the interest for a 
few evenings. The Brethren had a pleas- 
ant quarterly council on the 17th, where the 
Minutes of last Annual Meeting were read, 
and adopted by all present. As the report 
of missionary work was reatl, we were again 
seriously impressed with the thought that if 
all the churches, whose financial power is so 
great, could see the propriety and the 
amount of good they could accomplish by 
giving even but a small amount of their sur- 
plus means to the building of houses of wor- 
ship in those new and weak churches, I feel 
sui'e we should have one dollar in the treas- 
ury for every cent we now have, and no one 
would be discommoded in the least, but all 
would be made much happier. The church- 
es here in the West are stretching them- 
selves eveu beyond their power, considering 
the crop failure. Brethren, let the treasury 
be filled with sums corresponding with the 
widow's mite. Enoch Eby. 

Huichinso)t, Kiuis. 



From Naperville, 111. 



Nov. 2G, Bro. George Zollers, of Carroll 
county, 111., was called to officiate at our love- 
feast. This meeting was held in the south 
arm of the Naperville church, ten miles south 
of Joliet. He performed this service faith- 
fully, and continued to hold meetings until 
Dec. ■!. Much zeal and interest were mani- 
fested, and the double-edged sword . v^'as 
wielded with mighty power, causing sinners 
to tremble. We saw no immediate results, 
but we trust that the bread cast t;pon the Ava- 
ters will be gathered iii a few days hence. 

From the above-named place, Bro. Zollers 
returned to Naperville, and remained there 
until the 11th inst. He labored with such 
ability, that hard hearts were melted to tears, 
ajid precious souls brought to Christ. Bro. 
George was then called away; we encouraged 
the Brethren to continue the meetings, which 
they will do, God being their helper. The 
writer was made to rejoice by seeing a loved 
daughter surrender to the calling of God. 

Dec. ii*. S. KUHN. 

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From Cambria Co., Pa. 



preaching twelve sermons. Bro. Myers Avent 
to the school-house in Yoder township, and 
preached there till the 19th, when two more 
were taken in by baptism, making four in all. 
Come again, Bro. John. 

David Hildebeakd. 



From Claysburg, Blair Co., Pa. 



We met with the Brethren of the Snake 
Spring congregation, Bedford Co., Pa., to 
hold meetings in the Koontz meeting-house. 
We commenced preaching on the evening of 
Nov. 20, and continued the meetings until 
the evening of Dec. 7. The weather being 
favorable, the attendance was very good; 
the attention was excellent, and we believe 
quite an interest Avas manifested by all. The 
Spirit of God is moving among the people. 
The Avaters were troubled, and fourteen pre- 
cious souls Avere buried Avith Christ in bap- 
tism; one Avas also reclaimed. 

We thank the brethren and sisters for 
their Christian courtesy. May they live in 
peace, and may God be Avith them all! 

Dec. S. ^ Michael Claak. 

From Union Church, Ind. 



By request, on Dec. G, Bro. J. Metzler, of 
Wakarusa, commenced a series of meetings 
at our church, assisted by the home ministry. 
We can truly say that Ave enjoyed the meet- 
ing. Bro. John preached the Avhole Word 
in plainness and truthfulness, and as a re- 
sult, two were reclaimed that had Avandered- 
away from the fold. There was a renewing 
of spiritual strength among the members. 
Our love-feast in October Avas a feast to the 
soul. 

With gladness Ave can say that our little 
band of laborers are all Avorkmg Avith more 
zeal and courage than in many days past. 
Each one tries, in his Aveak Avay, to keep the 
"old ship Zion " moving along. By God's 
mercy, and by trusting him daily, Ave shall 
one day all secure a croAvn of righteousness, 
kept for those Avho work diligently. 

Laura Appelman, 



In the Field. 



Wife and I left home the 9th inst. We 
attended two meetings eighteen miles east of 
Hutchinson, at one of our meeting points. 
Then Ave started for the Walnut X'alley 
church, AA'est of Great Bend. We stopped by 
the way with the Brethren at McPherson. 
We had a pleasant visit and intervieAv about 
matters affecting our dear Brotherhood, the 
Avelfare and prosperity of Avhich are upper- 
most in t!/>- Iieart of every earnest member of 



Nov. 2G, Bro. Joseph Berkey came to us 
and opened meetings at the Giffin Hill 
meeting-house. He shoAvered grape and 
canister into the ranks of the enemy, and 
while none left the ranks of the adversary, 
the army of God Avas encouraged to hold out 
faithful unto the end of life, when the croAvn 
Avill be given. Dec. 2, 'Bro. John H. Myers, 
of Markleysburg, Fayette Co., Pa., came in 
and opened meeting at the AValnut Grove 
meeting-house, Cambria Co., Pa., and held 
forth the Word <jf God in its purity. Ho 
preached with power. The ranks of the en- 
emy were broken ]>y two houIs coining out on 
the side of God and being bai^tized. After 



From Weeping Water Church, Cass Co., Nebr. 

Dec. 1 the Brethren here commenced a 
series of meetings which lasted till the even- 
ing of the 18th. The meeting Avas principal- 
ly conducted by the home ministry. Breth- 
ren Wm. Thomas, of Iowa, and Isaac Thom- 
; as, noAv of Nebraska, spent a feAV days Ayith 
' us and aided us much in the work. There 
i Avere no additions, though, we trust, the 
saints Avere edified and made stronger. Dec. 
17 Ave met for quarterly council. There was 
not much business before the meeting, and 
the nature and tendency of the business 
transacted Avas such that it tended t6 unite 
us in one mind and practice. 

In behalf of all the company of believers, 
Christ prayed that they might be united in 
the closest bonds of love, as one body, under 
one Head. The "oneness" forAvhich Christ 
prayed is essential among believers. It is a 
necessary evidence of the Father's indwoU- 
iyg love. 



Jnu. 10, 1888. 



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It was decided at this council to hold our 
next feast at the time of District Meeting. 
The time appointed for District Meeting for 
the District of Nebraska is April 6. The 
place is the Weeping Water church, Cass 
Co., Nebraska. J. L. Snavely. 

Greenirood, Nehr. 



Wolf Creek Bulletin. 



The first year after the present missionary 
plan, the Wolf Creek church appointed solic- 
itors for the work, and about $40.00 were 
raised. The next year, for some reason, the 
church appointed a receiver, and in two 
years not quite ii!!2.00 were received. So this 
year we concluded to take the plan of Annu- 
al Meeting again, and our energetic brother, 
William Gilbert, was appointed Solicitor 
and Receiver, and the outlook is favorable. 

Two came to Christ and two "went back " 
since my last report, i^rn. John Wise, of 
Kansas preached one week for us. He 
preached in about ten churches in the Miami 
Valley, and his labors have been much ap- 
preciated. 

Bro. I. J. Eosenberger preached for us 
lately at the Eversole meeting-house. 

John Calvix BniaHT. 

New Lehnnon, Ohio. 



From Chapman Creek Church, Kansas. 

Nov. 21, 1887, the Brethren at the above 
church commenced a series of meetings, 
which continued three weeks with good re- 
sults. Brethren John Humberger and Peter 
AVrightsman, of the Abilene church, came to 
our assistance a few days after the meetings 
commenced, and wielded the Sword of the 
Spirit with power for a week. Then came 
Bro. S. Z. Sharp, of McPherson, to help 
along in the good work. 

As an immediate result, nine souls were 
received by baptism, one reclaimed, and one 
received by letter, making, in all, eleven add- 
ed to this arm of the church. We have great 
reason to rejoice. Parents were made to 
weep for joy to see their children come into 
the fold of Christ. Tliree of the writer's 
daughters were among the number. We tru- 
ly think that there was a great work begun 
here, but do not think that tlie work was fin- 
ished. Some are counting the cost very se- 
riously, and we hope and pr<iy that our dear 
brethren will return to us again in the near ! 
future. Remember us all at a throne of 
grace. J. S. BaumbaittH. ' 

Drlroil, Kansas, Dec. 24. . j 

From Sherman Center, Kans. 

More than a year ago we left our home in 
Virginia and settled in Sherman Co., Kans., 
where there was not a member of our; 
Church. We organized Nov, 19 with thir- j 
teen members, and had a love-feast on the i 
21st, which was a feast long to be remember- ! 
ed by all. This was the first love-feast ever 
held in this vicinity. Our church is called 
Fair view. 

Eld. John A. Snowberger was here one 
week, and held forth the Word with mucli 



power. From here the writer accompanied 
Bro. Snowberger to the Cheyenne church, in 
Cheyenne Co., Kans; then to Dundy Co., 
Nebr., where there are three members. We 
held nine meetings here, with the best of at- 
tention and a gradual increase to the last. 
We have promised to give them a series of 
meetings in February, if all is well. 

Our doctrine was never preached here be- 
fore, and we feel there are some very near 
the kingdom. Here I again bade farewell to 
Bro. Snowberger, and left for our home in 
Sherman Co., Kans., where I found all well, 
thank the Lord. Brethren, pray for us! Re- 
member, we are in more danger here on the 
frontier. We have hard battles to fight. 
But we v/ill try to take fresh courage, re- 
membering that God has said he would be 
with his children always, even to the end of 
the world. J. F. Clixe. 



From Carey, Ohio. 



From Charles' Creek Church, Warren 
Co., Tennessee. 



Ouu love-feast is in the past. It was 
much enjoyed by us, though we were few in 
number. Love and union prevails among 
us. Eld. G. C. Bowman officiated, and 
preached the Word with power from the 1st 
to the 8 til of December, and shunned not to 
declare all the counsels of God. We were 
much strengthened and built up in the faith. 
May we be faithful until death and receive a 
crown of life! That will more tlian recom- 
pense us for all our trials and afilictious 
here. 

The liand of atfiiction is upon me, but I 
am recovering slo■vvl3^ I want to return my 
heartfelt tlianks to the dear sister who so 
kindly sent me a Christmas offering. God 
only can reward you for the good it has done 
me, in helping to get medicine and other ne- 
cessaries. May God bless the Brotherhood, 
is my prayer. J. A. RicHAin^sox. 

From Elkins. Grant Co.. W. Va. 

Having just recovered from a severe at- 
tack of typhoid fever, and thereby pjevented, 
for a long time, from being at the public 
sanctuary, I more than ever appreciate the 
welcome weekly visits of the Messenger to 
my sick-room. I was made to wonder how 



so many dear brethren and sisters do with- 
out it, even for years. 

Our congregation is moving peacefully 
on, which was manifested at our last council- 
meeting. Our dear brother, D. B, Arnold, 
preached five sermons in our vicinity. The 
last was preached at the home of the writer, 
I being unable to leave my room. At this 
time our dear brother, J. T. Cosner, was ad- 
vanced to the full ministry. May the Lord 
enable him to rule well, and enable us all to 
labor together for the extension of Christ's 
kingdom on earth, for in unity there is 
strength, PiArHAEL Baker. 



From Arkins, Colo. 



On Saturday, Nov. 19, Bro. Daniel Wy- 
song, of Nappanee, Ind., came among us, to 
hold a series of meetings at the Pleasant 
Grove meeting-house. At that time we be- 
gan to have rainy weather, snow and rain, so 
that the roads got very bad — so much so that 
there was a very small attendance, but when- 
ever the weather would permit, we would 
have a good attendance. Bro. Wysong la- 
bored under some disadvantages, on account 
of the weather and other circumstances, but 
nevertheless preached the Word with zeal 
and with power. None were brought into the 
fold, but some felt the need of a Savior. 

Bro. Wysong made himself many friends, 
and while he did that he also made lasting 
impressions. He left us Dec. 4. May the 
Lord ever be with him! Jacob Hetstaxh. 



Bro. J. O. Tally, of Longmont, came to us 
on Saturday, Dec. 3, and began a series of 
meetings On Monday, the 5th, Bro. .lolin 
J. Hoover, of Nebraska, came to his help. 
They preached fourteen sermons, and their 
words were, indeed, as the Bread of Life to 
the hungry soul. Saints were made to feel 
j happy, and sinners to fear and say, "Almost 
thou persuadest me to be a Christian." 

There are but few of us here. Our doc- 
I trine is new to most of the people here. 
I They try hard to pick flaws in our doctrine, 
: and are fighting us on every side. We have 
a hard battle, but we " earnestly contend for 
the faith which Avas delivered unto the 
saints." AVe haA^e preaching here by the 
I Brethren once a month, but this is not often 
, enough. When our ministers get people 
awakened to see their dangerous condition, 
then, before they come to preach again, a 
preacher of some other denomination steps 
in and reaps the reward. Brethren Tally 
and Hoover are holding other series of meet- 
ings, and Bro. G. W. Fessler is doing what 
he can. May God l)less them all, wherever 
they may be. 

Why can not Bro. J. H. Moore's article, 

entitled, " The Brethren," in G. M. No. 49, 

i be published in tract form ? There are so 

j many inquiring after our faith and practice, 

; that I believe it would do good. 

D. A. Chambers. 



From New Haven Church, Mich. 



We are moving along slowly, but it is with 
us as a certain poet expresses himself, 

" We sometimes ^ing, and sometimes weep. " 

Sometimes the members are made to re- 
joice Avhen sinners are made willing to for- 
sake the ranks of the enemy and enter into a 
covenant relationship Avith God and his peo- 
ple. At other times we are made to weep 
when we see some dear one forsaking the 
fold and walking no more with us. 

Our meeting-house is enclosed, and, we 
think, if the members will exert themselves 
a little more, we may have services in it 
by Feb. 1, although it will not be finished. 
Perhaps Ave can raise the means, by and by, 
to finish it. We are mostly in limited cir- 
cumstances, so that raising money is slow 
Avith us; but we trust the good Lord will 
bless us in the future, so that his cause may 
be advanced and sinners saved. 

Eleazar Bossermax. 



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.Tnn. 10. 1888, 



From Beaver Creek Church. Va 



Matrimonial. 



Ovi\ quarterly council was held last Fvi- 
ilay. Considerable business came before the , 
body for adjustment. One sister was re- 
claimed. The missionary siibject was not ; 
passed unnoticed. Solicitors were appointed j 
to secure donations for mission and tract I 
purposes. I am glad to note that our peo- ' 
pie are becoming gradually more favorable ; 
to this grand work, which has been so long [ 
neglected among us. Many congregations 
throughout this District have been holding 
proti"acted meetings, and the good work is 
being blessed. Bro. J. M. Cline, of Ft. De- 
fiance, came to us and labored about ten 
days at the Branch church. T\ventj--six 
were received by baptism. Other meetings 
have been arranged for. .T. "W. CurK. 

Bridgeiraier, Va. 



Jottings by the Way. 



Nov. Is wife and I attended a meeting ' 

i 
held near IMiddleburg, in the Pleasant Yal- i 

ley congregation. Brethren Joseph Hoover, ' 

John Shoemaker and John "Wise were the 

ministers. Of late they have added to the 

number a young minister, Christian Shrock. 

Our meetings, on account of the dark and 

rainy nights, were small, but the attention 

was good. There were no accessions. 

Beginning on Dec. 4, we held a week's , 
meetings at Hepton, Ind. The weather be- i 
ing unpleasant, we had small congregations. ! 
The Evangelical brethren had a meeting 
near by. which made our congregations still 
smaller. One was baptized. 

While at that place, I was called upon to 
anoint a sick sister. After the anointing, her 
husband was baptized. In a few days she 
called for a communion. Bro. W. R. Deeter 
officiated, and at that time two more of the 
family were baptized. Last evening we held 
communion services with one of our afflicted 
sisters, here in Milford. This meeting was 
mostly for those who are old and afflicted. 
One sister communed who is over 80 years 
old. This makes three family communions 
held in the Bethel congregation for the 
season, for the benefit of old and afflicted 
members. J. H. Millet;. 



HIRE— HVRE.— At the residence of the olliciating 
olergvir.an, Geo. T. Swiliart, Nov. 27, Mr. Robert 
Hire, of Noble Co., Ind., .ind sister Delia Hvre, of 
Whitley Co, Ind. 

MILLER— BRUMBAL'GH.— At the residence of the 
ofTiciating clergyman, J. J. Hoover, Dec. 20, Bro. 
Christi.xn Miller and sister Louisa Brunihau£;h, both 
of R,'indolph To\vnship, Portage Co , O. 

P.\MPEL~BALES.—.\t the residence of the onici- 
ating clergyman, Jacob Long, Dec. 4, Mr. David 
Pampel and .Miss Minnie Bales, both of Keokuk Co., 
Iowa. Ri'Tii Brown. 

CLAPPER— WARD.— At the residence of Bro. Geo. 
Clappei, by Eld. J. S. Rush, Bro. Emmanuel S. Clap- 
per and sister Lo\inia B. Ward, both of Yellow 
Creek, Pa. 

PORTER— IIELSTER.— At the residence of Bro. 
Geo. lleister, by the undersigned, Mr. William Por- 
ter and Miss Myrtle ^'. lleister, both of Bedford Co., 
Pa. J. S. Rush. 

SINE— REAM.S.— In the Oakland church, Garrett 
Co., Md., Nov. 24, Bro. A. L. Sine and sister Rebec- 
ca F. Reams. D. ]. Miller. 

SNIDER— ROCK.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, near Mercersburg, Pa., b^- the undersigned, 
Dec. 15, Mr. Samuel R. Snider and sister Annie C. 
Rock, all of the same place. D \vn> Wixger. 



Fallen Asleep. 



From Warsaw, Ind. 



Ox last Tuesday evening we closed some 
very successful meetings. We called P. W. 
Stuckman, of Nappanee, to preach for us. 
He came and labored for us eighteen days, 
and his labors resulted in fifty-five acces- 
sions to the church. It was not with us as 
in the days of the apostles, when the people 
were made to exclaim, "Men and brethren, 
what shall we do to be saved? " The people 
of this enlightened age, as a rule, know what 
to do. The only problem to be solved is, 
How can we induce them to do it? During 
our entire meeting the immense congrega- 
tions seemed to be overshadowed by the Ho- 
ly Spirit. Satan's power seemed to vanish, 
and unconverted men and women stepped 
out boldly and firmly, without hesitancy, and 
embraced the Master's cause. 

E. L, Stonebuener. 



"Blessed are the dead which dio in the Lord " 

THRASHER— At the home of her aunt, in Marion 
Co., 111., Dec. 4, Mrs. Mary A. Thrasher, aged 6r 
years and 6 months. 

Deceased was born in Loudoun Co., \'a. She 
united with the church several years ago, and remained 
faithful unto the end. J. F. Brown. 

SINES. — In the Goshen church, Upshur Co., W. Va., 
Aug. 10, John Wesley, infant son of Bro. David 
.Sines, aged 7 months and 10 days. Services by the 
writer. 

LAMBERT.— In the Middle Fork church, Randolph 
Co., W. Va., July 5, W'ilton Luther, infant son of 
friend David and sister Sofron}' Lambert, aged 2 
months and 20 days. .Services b}' the writer. 

HE-S.S. — In the Buckhannon church, Upsliur Co., ^V. 

\'a , Aug. 25, Abraham Hess, aged 71 years, 6 

months and 12 days. 

He was a friend of the Brethren, but died out of 
the church, leaving a dear wife and one daughter in 
• lie clunxh, and five children out of the church. May 
this be a warning to thein, to make their peace with 
God. ,Scrvices by the writer. D.wrn J. Mii,lkr. 

WILLIARD.— In the Rock River church. 111., Dec. 
12, of dropsy of the heart, sister Annie Maria Will- 
iard, aged 69 years, 6 months and 6 days. Her hus- 
band preceded her about two years. .Services by the 
writer. - J. C. LAitMAN. 

HALL. — At Garden City, Kans., Dec. 2, sister Anna 
Hall, aged 45 years, 7 months and n d.iys. 

Deceased united with the church in 1S67, and was 
a consistent member until death. .Slie leaves six chil- 
dren. Services by Bro. Daniel Prough and J. W. B. 
Smith, of the Christian church. J. W. Gaudy. 

PFOL'TZ.— In. the Middle Creek church, Mahaska 
Co., Iowa, Dec. 13, of neuralgia of the heart, Bro. 
Peter Pfoulz, aged 71 year<;, 5 months and 15 days. 
Services by Eld. John Gable and the writer, from 
Job 14: 14. S. P. Miller. 

ANGLEMVER.--In Clear Creek church, Hunting- 
ton Co., Ind., Nov. 26, Bro. Adam Anglemyer, aged 
74 years, 3 months and 29 days. 

Our brother was united in mairiage to Catharine 
Lerdy in 1835. I" ^^37 they removed to Mahoning 
Co., Ohio, where they resided until 1852, when they 
came to Huntington county. He tmited witli the 
church 26 years ago. 



SHOCK. — In the same church, Sarah Shock, aged 25 
years, 10 months and 15 days. She was a devoted 
iTicmber, and fully prep.Trctlto meet death. Services 
by the writer. Dorskv Hododex. 

BRCWER. — In the Tippecanoe cluireh, Kosciusko 
Co., Ind., Dec. 15, Bro. Isaac Brower, aged 66 years. 
Disease was supposed to be paralysis of the iieait. 
Deceased was as well as usual, when he went to 
a neighbor's house. After being seated a few minutes, 
he fell off the chair, and, without a struggle or .1 word, 
he passed into eternity. He was a deacon in the church 
for many years, and we hope our loss m.\v he his eter- 
nal gain. He leaves a widow (a kind sister) and many 
relations to inourn their loss. Services to a large con- 
gregation, from Job 14: to. 

D A M E L R OT 1 1 E N 1! ir. U c; 1; K . 

DL'NCAN. — At her residence, near Flat Rock, Hen- 
derson Co , N. C, Sept. 25, of cancer, sister EKa A, 
Duncan, aged 43 years. 

Deceased united with the church in iSSt. Slie 
leaves seven fatherless children to mourn their loss. 
Her husband, who died two yeais ago, languished on a 
bed of aflliction for a number of years, being blind and 
Jielpless, which caused her to have to face a cold-heart- 
ed world, and to work so hard to maintain lier family 
that, doubtless, it shortened her days. .She sufferctl 
intenselj' for more than a year. Her oldest daughter 
is a consistent member of the Brethren church. Ser- 
vices by Bro. S. P. Jones and the writer, from Job 14: 
I. During her sickness she often requested her friends 
to sing that beautiful and soul-cheering hymn, '■ Land 
of Rest." Though her sufferings were great, she 
seemed to be as firm in the faith as ever. 

J. W. KiLPATRICK. 

ARNOLD. — In the Beaver Riui church, Burlington, 
W. \'a., Nov. 26, Bro. Zachariah Arnold, aged Sj 
years, 8 months and 23 days. 

Deceased was a faithful deacon in the clunxh, and 
having kept the faith and fought a good fight, he calm- 
ly passed through the valley of death to the better 
world beyond. Mis companion and three children siu- 
vive. .Services by Geo. W. Leatherman and Solomon 
Biser. 

EVERS.— In the Silver Creek church, Ohio, Nov. jS, 
sister Evers, aged 68 years, 3 months and 25 daxs 
Services by Bro. B. .Sholly. 

KINSEY. — In the same congregation, Dei-. 3, sister 
Anna Kinsey, aged 75 years. She iia\es a lursband, 
five children, seventeen grandchildren and six great- 
grandchildren, to mourn their loss, .Services bv Bro. 
B. Sholty. 

SIIANEOUR.— In the same church, Dec. 5, EM. Ja- 
cob .Shaneour, aged 50 year.< and 25 days 

Deceased joined the church in 1876; was called to 
the ininistry in 1877, and ordain« d elder in 1S79. He 
performed his duty faithfully. He has given us a 
great many admonitions, which, we hope, iriay never 
be forgotten. On the .Sumliy followincr nur commun- 
ion he met with us for ihe last time. He si'.ffered bu( 
a few weeks. He leaves a conipanion and foin' chil- 
dren to mom"n their loss, wh.icii, ue hope, is his eternal 
gain. The churcli and neighborhdod I avc indeed sus- 
tained a loss in the death of otu- hrother. .Services by 
Eld. Perry McKimiriy and Bro. Geo. Sc-lleis, from Rev. 

14: 12, 13. EmM,\ R ri'TEXIIOL.SE. 

MILLER. — In the hounds of the (jreen Mount church, 
Rockingham Co, \'a,, Aug. 23, John J. Miller, .tged 
24 years, 7 months and 23 days 

He was a 3'oung tnnn cf reiuMi k.-il;!- inK-ut, and f:u 
advanced in the sciences. He vias ii niodrl in mora!it\, 
and was lo\'ed .mid respected hv all who knew hiin. 
Vet it pleased him, whose wans are not our ways, to 
cut him down. .Services by I'red \\';impler, fiom Job 
14; I. 

MILLER. — In the samechurch, Dec. ^, Uro. Antliouv 
D. Miller, aged 31 )ears, 7 months and to d.iy-. 
He leaves a companion and three children to niomn 
their loss, which we l)t!ie\e is his eternal gain. He 
faithfully discliarged the oO'.i-c of deacon for several 
years. .Services '•>; I' .S. .Miller. 

The above both died of 1;. |>hoiil pneumonia, and 
were the sons of Eld. Boij. Milier, of ihi.i congregation. 

I. C. Myers. 



Jau. 10, 1888. 



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yOHNSOX.— In the Oakland church, Garrett Co., 
Md., Dec. I, sister Clarrie C, wife of friend Jolin 
Johnson, aged 37 years, 4 months and 11 days. 

She leaves a husband and nine children lo mourn 
theirloss. Her two oldest, children are in the church. 
We say to the husband, '• Don't put off your return to 
the Lord." vServices by the writer. 
FERRENBURG.— In the Laforge congregation, Xew 
Madrid Co., Mo , Nov. 13, Rro. John Ferrenburg, 
aged 77 years and 2 months. 

Deceased was born in Maryland. He joined the 
Brethren church in 1844. He spent the last fourteen 
■ years of his life mostly with his son, Bro. W. A. Fer- 
renburg. .Services by Eld. .S. .S. Mohler, from Rev. 

22: 14, ^^. -'N. HONBERGER. 

.SMART. — In the Sunfield church, Eaton Co., Mich., 
Dec. 13, Elizabeth Smart, aged 40 years, 1 month 
and 24 days. Disease, rose cancer. .Ser\ices in the 
Methodist church; te.vt, Heb. 13: 14. 

Benjamin FRvrofiLK. 

REPLOGLE.— In Marshall Co., Ind., Dec. i, sister 
Barbara Replogle, aged 82 years, 9 months and 14 
days. 

Deceased was born in .Somerset Co., Pa , in 1805. 
.She afterwards removed to Prebl- Co., Ohio, and in 
1822 was married to Daniel Replogle. She united 
with the Brethren church in. 1S5 1. She was blind for 
at>out 35 year.s, but bore her aftliction paiiently. .She 
was the mother of eleven children — seven daughters 
:uid four sons. She leaves 70 grandchildren and 69 
great-grandchildren. Services by Eld. D. Rupel, from 
Heb. 9: 27. N'iCTOK G. Welsh. 

STl'TZMAN. — In the bounds of the Johnstown 
church. Pa., April iS, Emery B., son of M. and sister 
13. Stutzman, aged 10 years, 3 monlhs'and ig day*;. 

WH.LIAMS. — At the same place, June iii, Eliza 
William':, aged 76 years, ii months and_^24 days. 

•STINERl'CK. — At the same place, -Xpril >o, Jenny 
Stinenick, aged 13 years. 

REIGHARD.— At the same place, Sept. 14, Bro. Levi 
Reighard, aged 57 years, 10 months and 21 days. 

MAS'S'.— At the same place, Oct. 27, sister Jane, wife 
of friend Henry Masy, aged 30 years, 3 months and 
3 days. 

(iRIFFY. — .\t the same place, Nov. 11, of dropsy, 
, friend Hiram Griff}', well advanced in years. 

GROVE. — At the same place, -^Oct. 2, jEphraim H. 
Grove, agtd 5 jears, <; months and 22 days. 

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TEETER.— In the Yellow Creek church, Bedford Co., 
Pa., Nov. 3u, Bro. Le\i Teeter, aged 39 years, 6 
months and 8 days. Funeral text, Heb. 9: 29. 

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li ANK. — At the liome of Jacob Rank, Iowa Co., la., 
Henry Rank, aged 87 years, 5 months and 16 days. 
He was a member of the Lutheran church. Services 
l)v the writer. ('<. W. Horwofin. 



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Vol. 26, Old Series. 



Mt Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 17, 1888. 



No. 3 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BKUMBAUGH, Editob, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

We will be glad to have some one send us No. 9, 
Vol. 2, of the Golden Daxvii. 



We are receiving postal cards and letters without 
name or address. Of course we are being scolded for 
not giving attention to them, while all the blame lies 
with the writers. In all cases, when writing, be sure 
to give your name and address, and your letters will 
then receive attention. 



Eld. Geo. S. Arnold, of Burlington, W. Va., after 
giving us a long list of subscribers, says: "We are in 
the enjoyment of a series of meetings this week. 
Brethren Aaron and Moses Fike are doing the preach- 
ing. Thus far two young men have made the good 
confession, and others are seriously concerned. 



By a misdirection on the part of somebody, the ad- 
dress of D. B. Eby was changed in the Ministerial List 
from Lena, III., to Hutchinson, Kans. All who have 
occasion to correspond with Bro. Eby, will please make 
a note of this. The better way to do this Is to make 
the corrertion in the Almanac List, and then it will 
not be forgotten. 



Our esteemed agent and correspondent, J- Y. King, 
of Tuckerton, Pa., has removed to Eastern Maryland, 
and hereafter his address will be Griffin, Caroline Co., 
Md. We are pleased that a way has opened for him 
to make this change, as his ministerial services will be 
appreciated by the Brethren there, and hope that his 
new field of labor will be both pleasant and profitable. 



Those who wish their paper discontinued should not 
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On Monday evening, Jan. 2, Bro. James T. Quinlan, 
of Baltimore, Md., came to us and brought with him 
one of the young brethren (who united with the church 
at that place) for the purpose of attending the Normal 
College. In the evening a number of us met with 
him for the purpose of getting from him a report of 
the church work inaugurated by him in that ciiy. As 
we never had the pleasure of seeing Bro. Quinlan, we 
were anxious, not only to hear what he might say, 
but also to see him. He gave us a full and very sat- 
isfactory account of his work there, and we were 
pleased. He is a man of deep earnestness and 7.eal, 
but not enough to free him from discouragements. Of 
these he needs none, especially from those who should 
be his active supporters. The kingdom of darkness 
has a sufficiency of stumbling blocks to throw in the 
way of Christian workers, so that the church should 
unite her forces in working and fighting against the 
powers of sin. We feel satisfied that there is a good 
field for work there, and if the needful encouragements 
are given, it will prove a grand success. We are glad 
to learij that the work is receiving the solid sympathies 
of many of our good brethren and sisters, and hope the 
giving will conliiiuc until a large church is orgaiiiz^d 
in the city of Baltimore, 



THE THIEF IN PARADISE. 



The following letter was sent us with a very special 
request that we give an answer to it: 

Dear Brother: — Through a conversation, lately held, 
the following query cams to my mind: How, why 
and by what faith w-as the thief on the cross saved .■' 
Jesus said, "To-day shaltthoube with ine in Paradise." 
I desire much to have an explanation on this Scripture. 

A Sister. 

There is perhaps no other narrative in the New Tes- 
tament Scriptin-es that has been so much abused and 
misconstrued as this. It is the old story. Drowning 
men catch at straws. Men, as a rule, don't wish to 
comply with the whole truth, yet they wish to be 
saved, and therefore take hold of anything that prom- 
ises a shadow of hope. 

There are two leading delusions in connection with 
this case that a certain class of people readily fall into. 
The first is the obtaining of salvation without com- 
]")lying with the ordinary means as given by Christ in 
the New Testament .Scriptures. The. position taken is, 
that this man was saved without bejng baptized, with- 
out being a member of any church, and without com- 
plying with any of the ordinances as given to and prac- 
ticed by the church. And if one man can be thus 
saved, why not all men.'' The position is an unfair one, 
and the reasoning without any safe grounds whatever. 
All things depend upon possible circumstances. If all 
men could' be placed under the same circumstances, 
the same results might follow. But as such circum- 
stances are not now possible, the same results can not 
follow, as we will try to show further on. 

Another delusion grows out of this one, and that is, 
if salvation could be had in so simple a way, we need 
not be so particular in complying with the prescribed 
means as given by Christ himself. We may admit the 
essentiality of baptism, but it don't matter how that 
baptism is performed, whether it is a full baptism, a 
partial one, or a mere sign. In other words, "A drop 
of water answers the purpose as well as an ocean," as 
it is often put, " if the heart is right." If Christ himself 
promised salvation, or saved a sinner, and a bad one, 
too, a thief, without requiring baptism of him, surely 
he will save those who have a little baptism, and are 
church members. The same may be said in regard to 
the communion, the Lord's Supper, feet-washing, etc. 
All tliese, in this case, were omitted, and yet a very 
bad man was saved. 

The second leading delusion is that of putting off 
the important work of seeking salvation until the last 
moment- — the eleventh hour. Here was a man con- 
verted and saved in the very jaws of death. His life 
had been a useless one, a grossly sinful one, an inex- 
cusable waste till the very end. Yet in the agonies of 
death he confesses — not very much — and is saved. If 
a man can be a thief all his life, and in his dying mo 
ments turn and live, why not I.'' Why not all? Ah, 
stop, thief, stop! If you put off your return to God on 
an excuse so flimsy as tliis, you are a thousand times 
more a thief than was this man, tliougii, in tlie world, 
you m.ay have a good moral standing, and may even 
be a church member. This man stole from his neigh- 
bor or his country man, but you are stealing from the 
God that gives you life. You rob him of his glorv 
and despise the offerings of sacrificial mercy. You 
crucify afresh the Ciirist that died to redeem you from 
the power of the devil, and to save you from the eter- 
nal burnings. 

\\'e sliall now nnsvver our sister's quf^stions in the 
order presented: 



L HOW W.\S THE THIEF SANKD." 

He was saved by the power of God as invested in 
his Son. Christ was God manifested in the flesh, " for 
in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily." 
He came into the world for the purpose of saving sin- 
ners, and that this salvation might be made applicable 
to all people, all nations and all ages, it was necessary 
that a plan be matured that could be perpetuated, bv 
his people, in his church, throughout all time, even to 
the end of the world. .Vnd as the author of a thing is 
always greater than the thing produced, it was not 
necessary for him to resort to his own plan to accom- 
plish his work. The plan was not for himself, but for 
his followers. Hence, independent of it, he had the 
power to forgive sins at his own pleasure, and in har- 
mony with his own design. Therefore to those who 
came to him, cast out, unclean, leprous and debauched, 
in penitence, he said, " Thy sins are fort;i\-en thee," 
and to the thief on the cross, " To-d,iy thou shalt be 
with me in Paradise." 

This plan of salvation was in the shajie of a will to 
be executed after his death. As he wa^ not yet dead 
when he accepted the thief, his Avill was not yet in 
force, — the power was yet in himself. After his death 
this power to save sinners was essential!}' in his will, 
and therefore no salvation promised without a compli- 
ance with the will thus given. Thus it is readily seen 
tliat a circumstance similar to that of tiie t'niei on lUc 
cross could not again occur, and therefore forms no 
basis upon which a sinner can rest a hope for salvation 
outside of the means as given in the New Testament 
Sci'iptures. 

11. WHY \V.\S THE THIEF S.WED? 

Because he was a sinner in his own estimation. He 
needed salvation, looked to the source from which sal- 
vation could come, and, therefore, was a proper subject. 
Christ brought a possible salvation and the thief em- 
braced the first opportunitv of accepting this salvation. 
This man was, no doubt, in prison — how long we know- 
not, but the great probability is, that on hi< being 
brought out for crucifixion, ^vas the first time he cA'er 
heard of, or saw, the Christ, the Redeemer. He at 
once saw the wonderful contrast between t!ie \ictims — • 
conviction penetrated the darkness of his soul. Love, 
hope and desire followed in rapid succession. He con- 
demned himself, justified the Christ, after which came 
the touching appeal, " Lord, remember me wlien thou 
comest into thy kingdom." He did what he could, and 
the promise followed. 

When we do this much, we also have the promise. 
" He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved." 
This is the Lord's will, and it is our possibility. Until 
we do it, we don't do all we can, and it follows, " He 
that believeth not" — and is not baptized, whicli follows 
as a result of unbelief — " shall be damned. " 

III. BY WHAT FAITH WAS THE THIEF SAN'ED.' 

By a living faith in Christ as the Savior, not a nom- 
inal or historical faith, but a faith that laid hold upon 
and grasped the opportunity presented. The same 
Christ, the same opportunity is presented to us through 
his revealed will. And it requires the same faith on 
our p.art, a living, saving faith, that will lay hold upon 
and accept all the means given us whereby we mav be 
saved. By doing this, and nothing less than this, wc 
do what the thief did, — accept the possibility set before 
us — and the promise is equally ours. Thej- that tr\- to 
enter the sheep-fold in any other way are thieves and 
robbers, and will always remain such, unless they re- 
peii .Tnd come in through the door as made bv Christ, 
the Great Shepherd of the sheep. 



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ESS^4^"YS. 



Stndj to show thyseJf approved unto God; a workman that 

ne-c-deth not be ssnamed. rijihtly diriding the 

Word of Truth." 



THE WOESHIP OF GOD. 



How dear to :nv heart are those that 1 see, 
\V!io come to thv house to worsliip with me. 
Thv Word is the light that led us to come 
On jhis path so bright to heaven our home. 

NVe heard of thv name, thv love for our race. 
The gift of th\- Son, the pearl of thv g^race. 
The gifts all so great, so rich and so gootl. 
How vast ihv estate of inercv, O God! 

Thy Spirit so true, he bade us to come. 
Partake of thv love, and also thv home. 
Now luting for theni who hear of this stream. 
So free for aH men. to come and be clean. 

Thv church bade us come, as each one mav call 
For strangers to come and share with them all. 
,\nd now we are here, what a heav'nlv place 
To sit and to share the feast of thy grace! 

Lnndoii Wcs/. 



MORE LIGHT WANTED/ 



i;\' I. I. KOSEXBERGEl: 



^The following article, taken from the Hivald oj Gos- 
f't! Liberty, is republished at the solicitation of some of 
our brethren, with the view of aiding in the spreading 
of gospel truth. — Ed."! 

Dear Editor Herald : — 

Ik your worthy paper of July 28, by re- 
quest, we sought to answer the inquiry of 1. 
!Mooney, '"How is feet-washing connected 
with the communion'?'" Eecently Herald 
No. 34 was handed me, in which there ap- 
pears a lengthy article from the same pen, 
asking for "more light,"' to which I now re- 
spond. We shall first aim to dispel the 
darkness in the C[uerist's mind; it will then 
be easy to shed " more light." 

The querist aims to convey the idea and 
IDrove that the meal named in Matt. 26, Mark 
1-i, Luke 22, in connection with the com- 
munion, was a different supper from the sup- 
per named in John 13, which was eaten in 
connection with feet-washing. He says, 
'•The reader can not fail to notice the vast 
difiference in the action of Jesus and his dis- 
ciples (as recorded by the evangelists) at 
these two feasts, the communion supper 
and the one where he washed the disciples' 
feet. After the one they sang a hymn and 
repaired immediately to the Mount of Olives; 
after the other Jesus washed his disciples' 
feet, and sat down and entered into a con- 
versation with them, not going to the place ! 
of arrest." Where does our querist get his 
information that "they sang a hymn and re- 
paired immediately to the Mount of Olivesy" 
Matthew and Mark say, " And when they had | 
sung a hymn," etc. They do not tell how 
soon they went out, nor what was said. 
Luke names verses 21-39 of chapter 22 as j 
spoken by Christ, after the communion, be- 
fore they went out. 

I was surprised at the statement above 
that " Jesus -washed his disciples' feet, and 
sat down, and entered into conversation with 
them, not going to the place of arrest." I 
don't know how the querist reads his Bible. 
No wonder he calls for " more light" Feet- 
washing occurred in the 13th chapter; fol- 



lowing this is a lengthy conversation of 
three chapters, then his prayer. In John 
18:1 we read, "TYhen Jesus had spoken 
these words, he went forth with his disciples 
over the brook Cedron, where was a garden," 
etc. : following this is his arrest clearly stat- 
ed. Hence, as Matthew, Mark and Luke 
chronicle Christ's arrest as following the 
communion supper, and taking place in the 
Garden of Gethsemane, and as John narrates 
Christ's arrest as following the feet-Avashing 
supper, and in a garden, we therefore con- 
clude that the}' were one and the same sup- 
per; hence feet- washing and the communion 
being instituted together, stand connected. 
" What God has joined together, let not man 
put asunder," 

The querist further adds, " As neither of 
the writers [meaning Matthew, Mark and 
Luke] say anything about washing feet, Ave 
conclude that nothing of the kind took place 
at that time." 

I call the above a very dangerous method 
of interpreting Scripture. To say a duty is 
not required because not enjoined by all the 
sacred writers, is not safe. We recommend 
to the querist to take all that Christ says, 
with all that each of the evangelists and the 
epistolary Avi'iters say, and it will open up a 
channel by which he will get "more light." 

He states correctly that " the communion 
was instituted the same night in which Je- 
sus was betrayed." Does not our querist re- 
member that Jesus washed his disciples' 
feet when he " knew that his hour was come, 
that he should depart out of this world unto 
the Father?" The above language does 
most unmistakably indicate that Jesus 
washed his disciples' feet on the night of his 
betrayal, which shows again that feet-wash- 
ing and the communion were instituted to- 
gether, hence stand connected. 

Our querist states as his opinion that Je- 
sus washed his disciples' feet at the Betha- 
ny supper six days before the passover. He 
gently criticises the idea of opinion. I am 
compelled to criticise his opinion as to the 
time of the Bethany supper. John says (12: 
1, 2j, "Then Jesus, six days before the pass- 
over, came to Bethany. . . . There they 
made him a supper." He does not say how 
many days before the passover the Bethany 
supper was eaten. 

I farther criticise his opinion above with 
tlie proposition tliat the feet-washing of John 
lii took place in Jerusalem, and not in Beth- 
any, and hence stands connected with the 
communion. I shall sustain the proposition 
above with the following facts: 

1. In John 12: 2 we have Jesus eating the 
Bethany supper with Lazarus, Martha and 
Mary; in John 12: 12 we have Jesus coming 
to Jerusalem; in John 13 we have Jesus eat- 
ing a supper with his apostles, which jnust 
have been in Jerusalem, becaiise, as seen, he 
had previously left Bethany. At the Betha- 
ny supper, Mary Avashed Jesus' feet Avith 
tears and Aviped them Avith the hair of her 
head; but at the Jerusalem supper Jesus 
washed his disciples' feet Avith Avater and 
"Aviped them Avith a toAvel wherewith he Avas 
girded." 



2. At the communion supper, as given in 
Matt. 26, Mark 14, and Luke 22, Jesus points 
out his betrayer; at the feet-Avashing supper, 
given in John 13, Jesus also points out his 
betrayer. It is not at all conclusive that 
Jesus would have pointed out his betrayer 
at the Bethany supper, and then repeated it 
in a few days at the communion supper in 
Jerusalem. Hence I am led to conclude 
that the feet-Avashing of John 13 Avas done in 
Jerusalem, and is therefore connected with 
the communion. 

3. Again, in Matt. 26, Mark 14, and Luke 
22, at the communion occasion, Jesus tells 
Peter that he will deny his Lord; in John 
13: 38 we find the same sad statement — 
" Verily, verily, I say unto thee. The cock 
shall not crow until thou hast denied me 
thrice." The aboA'e parallels surely indicate 
that feet-washing and the communion oc- 
curred on one occasion, and hence stand con- 
nected. 

4. Besides, if it be true, as my querist af- 
firms, that after Jesus washed his disciples' 
feet at the Bethany supper, he told Peter 
that the cock should not crow until he had 
denied him thrice, and as Peter did not de- 
ny his Lord until after the communion sup- 
per in Jerusalem, which was several days 
after the Bethany supper, that surely was 
the longest time I ever knew before or since, 
that the rooster did not crow. 

5. John 18: 1 tells us "wdien Jesus had 
spoken these words, he Avent forth with his 
disciples over the brook Cedron, where was 
a garden, into which he entered." Will the 
querist please turn to his geography and tell 
us hoAV Jesus and his disciples could leave 
Bethany and cross the brook Cedron and en- 
ter the garden, Avhen they both lie east of 
said brook? But as Jerusalem lies west of 
Cedron, hoAV easily could that little company 
leave Jerusalem, cross the brook Cedron, 
passing the Mount of Olives, and enter the 
Garden of Gethsemane, which lay on the 
eastern slope of the Mount of Olives! This 
again clearly shows that feet-washing took 
place in Jerusalem, and hence is connected 
Avith the communion. 

Our querist again indulges a fatal mis- 
take Avlien he says, " The words. Lord's Sup- 
per, communion, eucharist, and sacrament, 
are synonymous, meaning the same thing." 
Luke 22: 20 pointedly says, "Likewise also 
the cup after supper." The bread and wine 
are never called the Lord's Supper, but, as 
our querist rightly says, the communion. 

Christ, in Luke 12: 37 and 22: 10, plainly 
indicates that the meal he then ate he will 
eat in the future. Rev. 10: 9 tells us of 
Christ's reception feast — his marriage sup- 
per— Avhich Avill take place at his second 
coming. These can not be the passover, for 
it was fulfilled, and henco ceased at the 
death of Christ. With a view to enjoy that 
future marriage supper, the apostles kept 
this feast or Lord's Supper. See Acts 18: 
21; 1 Cor. 10: 21; 1 Cor. 11; 2 Pet. 2: 13; Jude 
12. It is quite conclusive that we can not 
eat that marriage supper over there unless 
we eat and thus perpetuate the Lord's Sup- 
per down here, which, as seen above, is a 



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a full meal; hence not the bread and wine. 
Therefore, as feet-washing and the commun- 
ion were instituted by the same Jesus, on 
the same occasion, they therefore stood con- 
nected, and are to be observed by his obedi- 
ent children. 
Covington, Ohio. 



CHIPS FROM THE WOEK-HOTJSE. 



BY DANIEL VANIMAN. 



To-day, Dec. 26, at 9: 30 A. M., I am sit- 
ting upon a box under an orange tree, heavi- 
ly laden with nice, yellow oranges. With 
scores of others, similarly loaded, in view, 
making Chips is a new experience for me. 
Our party arrived at Bro. Houser's, Covina, 
Cal., at 5 P. M., on Christmas. We all went 
to church in Covina, where we held meeting, 
— so far as known, — in the only Brethren's 
church in California. This morning we ar- 
ranged for a prospective tour. Sister Miller 
and Bro. Price will remain here, while Bro. 
Houser and our company of five will go in a 
wagon, with tent and other necessaries for 
camping. 

Just having emerged from the barren, 
rooky ranges, and out of the snowy blizzards 
on the other side of the mountain, to see 
peach blossoms, strawberry blossoms, ripe 
strawberries, apples, oranges, etc., has a ten- 
dency to cause one to overrate; hence to keep 
cool and weigh all surroundings, and esti- 
mate things at their proper value, is the 
part of a philosopher. Here there are two 
ranges of mountains whose bases seem close 
together, and yet are many miles apart. 
Their snow-capped tops reach high up into 
heaven. Among them is " Old Baldy," seem- 
ingly within gun-shot, and yet forty miles 
away. In this valley there are surely many 
things to delight and captivate the eastern 
tourist. 

The ground is sandy and easily worked, 
and immensely rich, when plenty of water is 
applied, which is done by a system of irri- 
gating canals, fed from the rains in the 
mountains in winter and melting snows in 
summer. Here grow the tropical fruits al- 
most to perfection. Land here ranges from 
$200 to $1000 per acre in price. Horses and 
cows here are mostly kept in lots the year 
round, the land being too valuable for pas- 
turage. 

Here again drops the pencil until more ex- 
tensive investigations have been made. 



ROYAL CRUMBS. 



BY M. M. E. 



During the Holidays it was my good pleas- 
ure to sojourn with the saints at Cerro Gor- 
do, 111. This church is still under the care 
of that faithful soldier of Jesus, Eld. John 
Metzger, assisted by elders David Frantz, 
David Troxel and Geo. W. Cripe. The con- 
gregation is in peace and love, and mani- 
fests energy and life to a commendable de- 
gree. This I regard as due to the training 
it receives from its elders, who are full of 



the spirit, and see that the work is done 
! promptly, lovingly and carefully. 



The Sunday-school at Cerro Gordo is 
worthy of special notice. Bro. Wm. Landis, 
assisted by an able corps of teachers and of- 
ficers, is doing a good work among young 
and old. Here the children sing with great 
energy, kneel in prayer, and recite their les- 
sons in a lovely and interesting manner. 
Among the families I observed parents and 
children studying the lesson during the week. 
Herein lies the secret of success. Surely 
one is impressed with good by attending 
such Bible work. The elders and older 
members also take an interest in the good 
work, and it can be seen doing efficient ser- 
vice for the church. 

* "' * 

In another place in this paper will be 
found Bro. John Metzger's offer to poor 
churches. I gladly commend it. I once 
used tobacco "voraciously," but on finding 
Jesus, by his grace, quit it. People can put 
it away; can do without it. As for myself, I 
purpose to master it instead of it being my 
master. Here is an opportunity to get help; 
and now, between a good, comfortable house 
where you can meet to serve the Lord, and 
tobacco, which will you have? May your 
hearts have grace to choose the house as far 
preferable ! 



TO MY CORRESPONDENTS. 



BY 0. H. BALSBAUGH. 



The year 1887 is expiring. A year of un- 
utterable agony to me in which my body and 
soul were threatened with divorcement. But 
I am only one among a multitude which no 
man can number. Being myself a man of 
sorrows and acquainted with grief, I find 
solace in weeping with them that weep. 

It is idle to wish a Happy New Year and 
do nothing to create what we wish. Hence 
this fragment out of my broken heart for 
those of similar "fiery trials" and "like pre- 
cious faith." 

Perhaps nothing has a more deadening 
tendency than for a long time to know the 
truth doctrinally, and earnestly contend for 
it, while holding it in unrighteousness. How 
often do we see persons angel-bright intel- 
lectually, even becoming famous as defend- 
ers of the truth, while their egotism and 
vainglory are manifestly the ruling factors 
of their being. " The truth as it is in Je- 
sus," is the very life of God manifest in the 
flesh and over the flesh. " I am the Truth," 
is the one fact of salvation. To be this is 
the great battle of life with those who have 
shared the Mystery of the Divine Incarna- 
tion. A thoroughly illumined soul will see 
abysms of depravity and corruption, and ex- 
perience a helplessness and sense of demerit, 
of which the unregenerate have not the 
slightest conception, and many, many Chris- 
tians only a very faint outline. Our Pente- 
cost comes by installments, and if eaeli one 
shows us more of " the glory of God in the 



face of Jesus Christ," it also reveals more of 
"the exceeding sinfulness of sin," and of the 
awful desolations it has wrought in our mor- 
al nature. This year of grace, 1887, has 
been to me ihe year of Apocalypse, both of 
the Divine Holiness and Grace, and of my 
own utter sinfulness and unworthiness. 

And right here I Avill say to that brother 
of Kansas, who recently wrote me such a 
terribly incisive anonymous letter, that you 
might have painted me in much darker col- 
ors without overdoing the picture. If you 
want to see my exact moral photograph, you 
must get the full and awful meaning of God 
in the flesh hanging on the cross in death 
agonies under the wrath of Jehovah for me. 
No matter how it hurts our sensitive, un- 
sightly, devil-poisoned, devil-crippled self, 
in the full blaze of the Divine Holiness we 
find no escape from the bitter but truthful 
confession, I, yea I, am the chief of sinners. 
There is no real salvation without it. There 
is no true peace, no permanent sense of the 
Divine favor, so long as we "make ourselves 
of any reputation." Thousands among us, 
who stand high in the estimation of the 
church, are dragging out a miserably unsat- 
isfactory existence just because self, in some 
form, sits regnant at the root of their being. 
If God is to reign in the heart, self must va- 
cate the Throne. We were made in the im- 
age of God, and nothing but God's love and 
holiness and peace can still the craving of 
oxir souls. We are prone to seek some lower 
satisfaction, and for a time we seem to meet 
our inner needs; but adversity soon teaches 
us that it is God Himself that we need, and 
that nothing short of His Incarnation will 
flood the infiniteness of our being. Our de- 
sires and expectations will be eternally dis- 
appointed in any other object of affection or 
pursuit. We Avill not find abiding rest till 
we eat and drink and dress and labor and 
think and feel to the glory of God. A due 
consideration of this fact will unlock the se- 
cret of our failures and backslidings and 
miseries which render oiir course so zigfiag 
and our condition so dubious. 

Did we always trust Jesus, we would al- 
ways be calm and strong and confident; and 
did we continually crucify self in all its sub- 
tile roots, no less than in all its external 
ramifications, we would always trust. " Try, 
try again." Let not a thousand defeats pre- 
vent us from trying once more. The door of 
the Eternal Father's Home and Heart ever 
stands wide open. His love is larger than the 
universe, and His grace larger than all sin, 
and His Only-begotten and Well- beloved 
Son on the Cross is the infinite, ever-speak- 
ing cardiphonia of welcome to all who hon- 
estly desire salvation. Let 1888 be a year in 
which, from beginning to end, we know 
nothing but Jesus, Jesus, only Jesus. 

To some who have written me I would say, 
I have not read the Messenger for some 
months, and can not, therefore, tell what has 
appeared in it. But this I know, that if 
aught has appeared under my signature that 
seemed to iodicate want of love to God's 
elect, it was not so meant. I do believe in 
Divine Healing of the body, biTt do noi be- 



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THK OOSPHl. MKSSKNOER 



J an. 17, 1888. 



lieve that maui/ are soliealed. Faith iu that 
dir<^etion has many aud mighty hiuderauces 
which -will not yield at once. But I sincere- 
ly and deeply love those dear Christians who i 
think miracles impossible now. 

I beg again to say that I accept no dona- 
tions at present i-claiivc io mij pen ntinisiry. 
No char lit/ for me till my last mite is gone. 
Simple expressions of love between God's 
children, iu any suitable form, are always 
opiDortune. Let every thought and purpose ; 
be absorbed in this — I ah Christ's, and for 
Him and His my life shall be consecrated in 
its essence and all its details. 

Written Dec. 31, 1SS7. 

WHAT I LIKE TO SEE. 



r.Y D. E. TEICE. 



•' Studv lo show thyself .approved unto God, .1 work- 
man that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly di\ iding 
the word of truth." — 2 Tim. 2: 15. 

For. fear some of our young brethren 
might become discouraged in reading our 
article, "What I Don't Like to See," we 
thought of giving a few items under the 
above heading, which may probably be some 
encouragement to them. 

1. TTe like to see a minister of the gospel, 
no difference what his degree of office is, 
know his place and keep it. I heard an old 
brother once compare the office of the min- 
istry to a three-story building, — the middle 
story being the one we ought to occupy, but 
the devil always tries to either get us down 
into the lower story or else up into the up- 
per one. When he no longer can make us 
believe we can"t preach, he then changes his 
tactics, and tries to make us believe we can 
preach a little better than anybody else. If 
we could always keep in the middle story, 
and not become too much exalted when it 
goes well with us, nor too much discouraged 
when it does not go so well, or when we oc- 
casionally have to preach a sermon for our- 
selves, I think we would be occupying about 
the right place. It looks very unbecoming 
for young brethren to crowd themselves 
ahead of older ones. They should wait un- 
til they are invited forward. 

2. We like to see him, when he rises to ad- 
dress a congregation, to get into his subject 
as soon as possible. Of course, a few pre- 
liminary, or introductory remarks may be 
allowal)]e, but apologies and excuses are un- 
called for, and I never saw that they did any 
good; better let the congregation apologize 
for him, if necessary, after he is through 
with his discourse. 

3. I like to see him undertake the work 
with a degree of humble boldness, though 
feeling his weakness and inability without 
the divine assistance. Then, if he should 
sometimes fail, he will have the sympathy of 
the entire congregation, or, at least, the 
members. But when he rises in his own dig- 
nity, feeling in liimself that he is going to 
do wonderF, and then fails C which he will iu 
the estimation of other.=, if not in his own), 
he will have very fevr to sympathize with 
him. 



-i. I like to see him, if possible, master of 
his subject, that he may stand approved of 
God, not only of men, and study more how 
to meet the approbation of the Lord than the 
approbation of men. 

I believe the apostle Paul somewhere says, 
" If I seek to please men I am not the serv- 
ant of Christ." Paul commanded his son 
Timothy, in the faith, to study, that he 
might be a workman that need not be 
ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 
But I imagine I hear some one suggest, "It 
is not necessary to study; only get tip and 
the Holy Spirit will teach you what to say." 
I don't believe anybody can tell that which 
he don't know; and the office of the Holy 
Spirit is only to bring to our remembrance 
that which we do know, or which we have 
previously learned. But another says, " Do 
we not read in James 1 : 5, 'If any of you 
lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth 
to men liberally, and upbraideth not, and it 
shall be given him'?" 

W^e should remember that there is a vast 
difference between wisdom and knowledge. 
Wisdom is a proper application of knowl- 
edge, or knowledge put to practice; hence he 
wants to pray to the Lord for wisdom to di- 
rect him (and he would better attend to that 
in his secret chamber before he appears be- 
fore the congregation), that he may present 
the truth, which he has previously learned, 
through study, to his hearers in such a way 
that it may meet the approbation of God and 
enhance his glory; and be edifying, interest- 
ing and beneficial to his hearers. I do not 
understand that he shall study a whole week 
to prepare a sermon for Stinday, to write and 
rewrite it, and perhaps commit it to memory; 
but as much as possible study the Bible, and 
all other helps, so that he may be ready for 
almost any subject. 

Dr. Thomas Dick, in his writings, advises, 
not only ministers, but every one, in order 
to get a good education, to first get a thor- 
ough knowledge of the Bible; at least we 
should give it the i^re-eminence, using all 
other Avorks as helps to a better understand- 
ing of the great store of knowledge and wis- 
dom contained therein. I have discovered, 
in my observation, that those brethren who 
have the greatest store of general informa- 
tion are nearly always better posted in the 
Holy Scriptures than those who confine their 
study entirely to the Bible. What I mean 
by general information is, a knowledge of 
natural philosophy, astronomy, moral and 
mental science, ancient geography, ancient 
and modern history, etc. 

Ml. Morris, 111. 

NOT OUT OF THE WILDERNESS YET. 



BY A. HUTCHISON. 

I AM puzzled still. I can't understand 
why some of our brethren want to change 
our church name. We have always been 
known as "Brethren," and for distinction 
from others, we say "German Baptist, or 
Brf'thren," or " German Baptist Brethren." 
I can not see what we gain by a change 



in our clutrch name; for just as long as we 
keep the commands of Jesus, they will call 
us "Duukards," or "Old DunkardsJ' My 
motto is, hold fast the principle, and let the 
name stand. A principle is more valuable 
to me than a name. But if we change our 
church name, we will find there is a good 
deal in a name when we wish to identify 
church property. 

But the greatest puzzle to me of all puz- 
zles is, why a converted jjereou wants to live 
midway between the world and the church. 
They say they are converted, and all inter- 
pret the result of conversion to be the same, 
that is, that they love the things they before 
hated, and hate the things they before loved. 
Now all understand this to apply to the 
things not essential to our well-being here. 
But we see those claiming conversion readi- 
ly laying aside some of that which can on- 
ly minister to the vanity of their corrupt 
nature, and yet they hold on to other things 
with a zeal which is worthy of a better cause, 
and at the same time they are bound to ad- 
mit that it is not the spiritual, but the natur- 
al man that wants them. Tiiis, then, places 
them between the world and the church, 
and so Solomon says: ''The way of life is 
above to the wise, that he may depart from 
hell beneath." Prov. 15: 24 Then, being 
placed in such relationship to the force of 
natural gravitation, it is easy to see which 
way the move will be made. Then it is no 
puzzle to see or hear of such drifting away 
from the church. And when they draw back 
that way, it is unto perdition. Heb. 10: 39 
says: "But we are not of them who draw 
back unto perdition; but of them that be- 
lieve to the saving of the soul." The luke- 
warm state is just between the hot and the 
cold, nauseating to the church and also to 
the world. 

Another thing that puzzles me is, to know 
what church members study about. They 
go to church and engage in the service, ei- 
ther by preaching, praying or singing, or, 
perhaps, engage in all of these parts of wor- 
ship, and then go home or to some other place 
for dinner, and there engage in so much fool- 
ish talking or loud laughter, that persons \vho 
are not members of the church are disgusted. 
In more than one instance such persons have 
been turned away from the church by such 
conduct on the part of members. The Chris- 
tian must necessarily be cheerful at times, 
but foolish jesting and loud laughing are 
condemned in the Word of the Lord. We 
are held responsible for our influence while 
we are here, and therefore ought to be more 
on our guard. We see instances where, it 
seems, parents are not much concerned for 
their children, only so they can get them in- 
to the church, showing no concern about 
the life they live afterwards. 

Well, I am still trying to tell the story of 
Jesus, as the only Savior for poor, fallen hu- 
manity. The place of work is in the Mexico 
church, Miami Co., Ind. At present I am 
enjoying the comfortable home of Eld. Isaac 
Fisher, and have just closed, one week ago, 
a series of meetings with the Father's chil- 
dren at Roann, Wabash Co., Ind. I would 



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THE GOSIPKJL IVlESSEvHOKR. 



37 



be pleased to notice many precious names at 
that place, but my Master knows eacli of 
them. A home here is a great blessing, but 
what will it be to have a home in heaven! 
From here I go to the Nappanee church, in 
Elkhart county. I will aim to be there from 
Jan. 14 to Feb. 1; then I go to Mt. Morris, 
111., and will aim to spend about one week at 
that place. Next I shall aim to reach Cen- 
terview, Mo., to join the little band at home 
once more. May our Father in heaven grant 
it! 

TEMPTATIONS OF THE CITY. 

BY J. CAESON MILLER. 



III. THE THEATER. 

Aeter the evils already mentioned have 
been introduced into a new and growing 
town, it is not long until steps are taken to 
erect a theater, or at least to build a hall 
where shows and entertainments of various 
kinds can be held. The theater was at first 
intended for a good purpose, and, in fact, 
grew up in connection with the church, but 
the tendency of the modern theater is to 
draw the minds of men and women to what 
is low and degrading, to encourage them in 
vice and to lead them from holier and better 
things. The first theaters started in a new 
town are of this nature, and they get such a 
hold on the minds of the people that, if a 
good lecture course is afterwards attempted, 
or literary productions of a sound character 
are introduced, the latter fall to the ground 
for want of support. V/ben the minds of 
the people once become poisoned by enter- 
tainments of a low grade, they lose all con- 
cern in regard to the morality or immorality 
of the performances. 

This is one of the strongest temptations 
the young of our cities have to resist. They 
soon learn that the theater is patronized by 
their companions, and by the most promi- 
nent people of the city, and this leads them 
to attend also. They see that nearly all the 
so-called best Christian people visit these 
places, ministers among them, and this 
brings up the question in their minds, 
" What harm can there be in it? " Even the 
good people of the community encourage 
them to go and see the performance, and 
with such an example before them, is it at 
all to be wondered at that the young people 
of the city love to attend theaters ? 

A short time ago, as I was passing one of 
our theaters, I met the janitor of one of the 
leading churches of the city. After looking 
for some time at the entrance, he remarked 
that he was surprised at the number of those 
he was accustomed to see at his church, go- 
ing in with the crowd. Seeing them every 
Sunday, and many of them during the week, 
at prayer-meetings and the like, he had be- 
come accustomed to their faces, and could 
pick them out anywhere, and the present ob- 
servation had shown him that a large per- 
centage of them were theater goers. 

Why is the temptation so strong? Be- 
cause the mind is wrought up continually to 
the highest pitch with unreal and sensation- 
al scenes. The gretit actors of our country 



do not do the good that they might do with 
their talents, and much that is introduced on 
the American stage is only the dime novel 
acted out, oi', in other words, trashy literature 
personified. The managers of theaters have 
to introduce this kind of literature to make 
it pay. Should they introduce nothing but 
the solid productions of the great literary 
lights of the world, they would meet with 
poor success, financially ; so they have learned 
to cater to the wants of those who patronize 
them. I have met young men who made it 
a point to attend the performance of almost 
every theatrical troupe, if possible. They 
were well informed on all the latest theatric- 
al news, and were ready to pass criticism on 
every play. Their minds had become so 
filled with productions of this character that 
they were continually thirsting for some- 
thing of this nature, and spent their earn- 
ings for food that left the mind in a worse 
condition than before. Bad literature, when 
placed in the hands of an actor who makes a 
thorough study of it, has its evil influence 
greatly increased. 

The theater, like the mirage, promises 
much, but only leads him, who is attracted 
thereby, further into the desert to perish. 
In connection with the evil perpetrated by 
the stage itself, there follow other evils. In 
nearly all the lower grade theaters, if drinks, 
cigars, etc., are not passed around through 
the audience between acts, those who desire 
are allowed to retire for drinks and return 
again to their seats before the curtain rises. 
Of course, the conduct of persons of this 
class is not always the best, and those who 
associate with them are not apt to be im- 
proved in morals or manners. Would that 
the money spent in ruining souls could be 
used to " rescue the perishing and lift up 
the fallen!" 

LOVE FOR THE BRETHREN. 



BY JAS. H. LAEKINS. 

Love in one form or another is the ruling 
element in life. It is an actual need, an 
urgent requirement of the heart. It is the 
triumph of the unselfish over the selfish part 
of our nature. Without love, life is unfin- 
ished, hope is without aim and man misera- 
ble. Brethren, have we that love that will 
prompt us to esteem others more than our- 
selves? In traveling over the country for 
the past few months, our mind has been very 
deeply impressed, whether we really love 
one another as the Master requires of us. 
Do we, when we are traveling out in the cold 
world, carry about such deportment that all 
may know that we are disciples of the bless- 
ed Master? 

LET US DO AS WE PROMISED. 



our j)rofession. They say that we do not 
practice what we preach. We think those 
that can not govern their own family had 
better not find fault with outsiders until 
they get things in order at home and in the 
church. 

Our elders are sometimes blamed for bad 
ruling. While we think our elders are some- 
what to blame, yet, if we, as brethren and 
sisters, would do as we i^romised on our 
bended knees before God and men, v/e would 
save our elders a great deal of trouble. We 
think our elders have all they can do to keep 
themselves in order, if we expect our eld- 
ers to force us to live up to our promise, Vi'e 
will make very poor Christians. We all 
know our duty; we need not censure our eld- 
ers. If we all do the best we know, we 
think there will be quite a change in the 
Brotherhood. Just why our Brethren do 
not conform to the order of the church, we 
are at a loss to knov/. May the Lord help 
us all to know and do his will! 



MESSAGES DROPPED BY THE WAY. 



BY W. L. KLINGEE. 



We feel somewhat surprised to hear some 
of our ministers speak against pride, while 
dressing their children after the fashion, and 
not quite in order themselves. We do not 
wonder that people say we are not true to 



BY C. C. ROOT. 

The Lord is blessing the Brethren's Book 
and Tract Work daily. The first brother 
whom I visited on my work of soliciting the 
•Northern District of Missouri for endow- 
ments, cheerfully gave his endowment note 
for $100, bearing interest at 6 per cent, an- 
nually, and the principal due at his decease. 
The next one was an outsider, a friend of the 
cause, who said he would soon do something 
and seemed very much interested in the mat- 
ter. We can now, when on a preaching 
tour, or when visiting from house, leave 
tracts behind us to induce a search of the 
Holy Scriptures, to continue after we are 
gone. These tracts point out to our hear- 
ers and readers points of doctrine which 
they never before understood, nor ever con- 
sidered important. Many now become very 
much interested in the work, and it is re- 
markable how our endowment system is 
gaining in favor with all those of good busi- 
ness judgment. 

Why did Jesus lead the deaf man aside? 
His purpose was that, apart from the din 
and tumult and interruptions of the crowd, 
in solitude and silence, the man might be a 
recipient of deep and lasting impressions; 
even as the same Lord does novv' oftentimes 
lead a soul apart, set it in the solitude of a 
sick chamber, or in loneliness of spirit, or 
take away from it earthly companions and 
friends, when he would speak with it and 
heal it. — Trench. 

You find yourself refreshed by the pres- 
ence of cheerful people; why not make an 
earnest effort to confer that pleasure on oth- 
ers? You will find half the battle gained if 
you never allow yourself to say anything 
gloomy. — Lydia Ilaria Child. 

Happy are they that hear their detractions, 
and can put them to mending. 



1-^8 



THE 



GOSPKI \lESSE:XaKR 



Jan. 17, 1888. 



From Maple jGrove Church. Ashland Co.. 0. 

The Brelhreu of the above church purpos- 
ed having a series of meetings, and com- 
menced on the evening of Dec. 16, 1887, and 
contimied until the evening of the 2Sth. 
Eld. Samuel Sprankle came to our assistance 
Dec. 17, and held forth the Word of Truth 
with power. "We had but a few daj--meet- 
ings, except on Sundays, and are glad to say 
that Bro. Sprankle made many new friends 
by his courteous behavior and good conduct 
while with us, not only among the brethren 
and sisters but all with whom he came in 
contact. As the immediate result, two were 
Itaptized, and one young brother, "^vho had 
wandered fi'om the fold, returned, being 
thoroughly satisfied that there is no salva- 
tion outside of the church of Christ. A 
number more are near the kingdom, and 
might have been reached had we continued a 
while longer. Others would soon come, but 
opposition stepped in and hindered. 

Upon the whole Ave did a wonderful work 
for the Maple Grove church. Nine have 
been received within the past year, whicli we 
think is a pretty fair record. The best of all 
is, we are left in such good Avorking order, 
that a bright prospect appears to be before 
us. With proper care, we shall be able to 
cope with our sister churches. The objec- 
tionable features of Maple Grove church 
have vanished away like the morning dew. 
Love, union and harmony haTe the supreme 
power among ns, and we are beginning to 
prosper. 

The idea has been advanced that strict 
discipline, in regard to our distinctive prin- 
ciples, would retard the prosperity of our be- 
loved Zion, and some of our elders have be- 
come very slack in adtoinistering the rules 
laid down by the general Brotherhood. Ob- 
servation, almost universally, proves the con- 
trary. The most i>rosperous churches of 
North-eastern Ohio are those who have lived 
up strictly to the principles of the general 
Brotherhood. They have to-day the most 
young members and are gaining the fastest 
in numbers, while the Progressive faction, 
who have thrown their doors wide open, are 
not succeeding as they thought they Avould. 

Bro. Sprankle is a clear reasouer and a 
powerful expounder. Often, by illustration, 
he can reach the understanding of such Avho 
are -willing to understand. I have long 
since learned that those who do not want to 
hear, can not be reached by any amount of 
reasoning. Bro. Sprankle is quite a young 
minister, and, if spared, may accomplish a 
great deal of good. He should be constantly 
employed in the mission field, as he is sound 
in the fiiiili. Eld. George Worst. 

Dec. m, 1S87. 



On Saturday evening, the 17th, Ave had a 
children's meeting, Avhicli Avas something 
new in this part of God's A'ineyard. This 
Avas a very pleasant meeting, and the house 
Avas filled to its utmost capacity. Bro. Hahn 
did his part of the Avork Avell. By the help 
of God he Avas able to awaken the uncon- 
cerned, until six precious souls came out on 
the Lord's side, to be received by baptism on 
this beautiful Christmas Day. They were all 
young people, two of the Avritei-'s sons being 
of the number. It caused great joy, and 
many more Avere almost persuaded. May the 
Lord bless them all and keep them from the 
evil, is my prayer! Joseph Holder. 

Dec. ?o, 18S7. 



From Pleasant Hill Church, Ohio. 



Dec. oO, Bro. Martin Hahn, of Mercer Co., 
Ohio, came to us and held forth the Word of 
Life until Christmas evening, to the general 
fefttiefayliua of bollj membc-is and frjeuds. 



Number of Baptisms in 1887. 



I HAVE been counting the number of addi- 
tions to the Church, reported by baptism, 
during 1887. I have tried not to count the 
same ones more than once, though I fre- 
quently found them reported several times 
from the same place. I make the total 3,809. 
I Avill give you the number to each State, in 
rotation, according to number: 

Pennsylvania, 807 

Indiana, 645 

Ohio, 514 

Virginia, 355 

Kansas, 346 

Illinois, 250 

Iowa, 172 

West Virginia, 137 

Missouri, 132 

Nebraska, 82 

Michigan, 62 

Wisconsin, 30 

Tennessee, 27 

Sweden, 26 

Texas, 20 

Oregon, 19 

Dakota, 18 

North Carolina, 8 

Minnesota, 8 

Indian Ty., 8 

Colorado, 7 

Florida, 6 

Washington Ty., 5 

Arkansas, 3 

California, 3 

Idaho, 2 

Not located, 2 

A. W. Shai'Er. 

Troiusood, (J. ^ 



The Children's Mission Fund. 



Dear Children: — 

I noAv send you the amount received 
since my last report in July. I thank you 
all. To my assistant solicitors I also feel to 
give thanks. I hope I may still get your as- 
sistance and that many more will join in and 
help. There can be more done than Ave 
think if we Avill only ask and exert ourselves, 
for the Lord truly helps them who help 
themselves, 

The solicitors have done exceedingly Avell 

for the time they have been at the Avork, and 

i i well know they Uavo euj -^ c.l the wovfe.. i 



hope Ave will see their names at the head of 
the list as solicitors. May the Lord bless us 
all in our Avork! 

Ollie B. Gibson, Virden. Ill $ 10 

Alice Ullom, Cadiz, Wis 25 

Charley Ullom, Cadiz, Wis 10 

Susie Merchant, Laporte, Ind 24 

Everett Gibson, ^'irden. 111 15 

Eva Lena Gibson, Yirden, 111 14 

A sister, Yirden, 111 75 

Lemuel Eshelman Gibson, Yirden, 

111 6 

Preston C. Gibson, Virden, 111 10 

Gideon E. Shirky, Norborne, Mo 25 

Maggie Slifer, Bunker Hill, 111..... 10 

M. E. Slifer, Bunker Hill, 111 50 

Willie O. Beekner, Whitsburg, Tenn. 5 

Emma F. Beekner, Whitsburg, Tenn. 5 

Everett Gib son, Yirden, 111 12 

Preston 0. Gibson, Yirden, III 5 

William H. Pyle, Hansell, Iowa, Sec- 
retary of Sunday-school 1 30 

Maria Hosf ellt, McPherson, Kan . . . 25 
Sarah and Eliza Barndollar, Everett, 

Pa...... 1 00 

Virgil Wert, "\'irden. 111 ' 50 

W. F. England, Ashland, Ohio, Sun- 
day-school 5 42 

John, Susie, Benjamin, Milton, Ares 
and Mary Zug, Dodge City, 

Kan 30 

Pleasant Hill Sunday-school, Virden, 

111 1 70 

Preston C. Gibson, Virden, 111 10 

Mary Florence Wright, Berlin, 111 . . 1 

Emma D. Wright, Berlin, 111 10 

Edwin and Pearl Fiory, Pawnee City, 

Nebr lO 

Eva Lena Gibson, Yirden, 111 6 

Everett Gibson, Virden, 111 23 

Maude and Clinton H., Grove church, 

Ohio 20 

Cynthia G. Ridgeway 5 

Vida Brubaker, Virden, 111 5 

Irvin Brubaker, Virden, 111 5 

Collected by Sadie C. Brallier 4 90 

Collected by Evertt Gibson, Yirden, 

111 2 07 

Collected by Aurelia Watson, Girard, 

111 77 

Collected by Charlie Frantz, Yirden, 

111. $1 15 

Collected by Charley Stutsman, Gi- 
rard, 111 58 

We Avill send the next amount in June or 
July, BO try to donate as liberal as you can 

and the Lord will surely bless you in your 
donations. May the Lord bless us all is my 
prayer. Mary M. Gibson. 
Box 421, Virden, III. 



Bro. ftuinlan's Baltimore Bible School. 



By previous arrangement, Bro. Daniel 
Wolf, one of the missionaries of the Western 
District of Maryland, Avas announced to fill 
the regular appointment in Bro. Qainlan's 
house Dec. 4, and this ho did acceptably, 
both morning and evening, besides address- 
ing the School in the afternoon. Bro. Wolf 
also preached Monday evening for the little 
band etyt Woodbury, \i\ the etiburba o£ tU§ 



Jan. 17, 1 



TME GOSPKI. AiKSStvNGjSR 



39 



City. It was my pleasure to accompany 
Bro. Wolf ou this trip. With him, I visited 
a number of the charitable and reformatory ' 
institutions of Baltimore and the State. In- : 
eluded in the list are the Maryland Institute \ 
for the Blind, the Maryland Penitentiary, 
the Boys' House of Refuge, Methodist Home 
for the Aged, Mt. Hope Insane Asylum, the ; 
Henry Watson Children's Aid Society and i 
the Society to Protect Children from Cruel- ' 

I refrain from reference to either of these, 
except that I accompanied Bro. Quinlan and 
several of his boys to the Penitentiary Sun- 
day morning at 9 o'clock and attended the 
regular Bible-class service for the prisoners. 
We -were all pressed into duty as teachers, 
and not the least interesting experience of 
my life was this, my first, effort to present 
Bible truth to the unfortunate men in 
" stripes." Here is a mission field, and no 1 
one will fail of appreciation who enters these ' 
dark walls with the motive to minister to the | 
spiritual needs of the prisoners. As the long 
line of prisoners filed out, Bro. Quinlan and 
the boys stood by and distributed copies of 
the Messenger, Christian Herald or tracts. 

The prisoners seemed eager to get the pa- 
pers. The Catholic prisoners have a separ- 
ate service in the same hall, and enter as the 
Protestants retire. Bro. Quinlan can use any 
quantity of good literature, and we hope his 
requests will not go unheeded. To us and 
to others who are readers of the Messenger 
a chief object of interest in Baltimore is 
the boys' bible school. 

To describe the beginnings of Bro. Quin- 
lan's work here would be to repeat what has 
already been written, but 1 wish to state that 
the zeal which has attained results now at- 
tracting the church was not first exercised in 
the mission to the boys. There are those 
who can testify to the activity of Bro. Quin- 
lan in the general cause of the church, in 
former days when he scattered tracts and 
posted tracts throughout the city. To many 
his cause may have been the subject of criti- 
cism; but when we remember how for his 
faith he was driven from his father's house, 
and, liaving not v/here to lay his head, walked 
the streets of the city all night long, how the 
Word became his food and comfort, and how 
at last he found a home and a rest in the 
church of the Brethren, we may all more ful- 
ly appreciate his endeavors and his sacrifices. 
The personal references here made are justi- 
fied only by the claim this mission has upon 
the church and the need that the motives be 
understood and the man by whom God has 
done so much be more fully introduced to 
the church and commended to its confidence 
and patronage. 

Were any one to walk through the large 
tinware establishment (the second largest in 
the United States), of which Bro. Quinlan is 
the receiving clerk, they would not need to 
inquire of the secret of his success in win- 
ning the young. From the foremen of the 
numerous departments down to the appren- 
tice boys all seem to have the utmost confi- 
dence in him, and take pleasure iu speaking 
at any opportunity, of liis good work, T 



made a sD^cial note of this. It was among 
the boys or this establishment that he began 
the work which has developed into the Bible 
School, of which too much has not been writ- 
ten. The beginning was small and no 
thought was indulged that it should ever at- 
tract special attention, nor indeed develop as 
it has. But the Lord withheld not his bless- 
ing, and the Word has been watered and the 
fruit is visible. From six boys at the first 
meeting the number increased to one hun- 
dred and fifty. Then the number declined 
and on the day of our visit a few less than a 
hundred were present, girls and all. I think 
that in some ways the admission of the girls 
was premature. As Bro. Quinlan says, 
many boys remain away because they have 
not clothes to appear creditably in the pres- 
ence of the girls who are generally better 
dressed. Then again, Bro. Quinlan, accord- 
ing to his own estimate of himself, is not 
adapted to control and instruct girls and he 
feels the embarrassment. A female teacher 
and a separate room, he thinks, Avill restore 
the school to its former status. A worthy 
sister will take charge of the girls at once, or 
as early as the room can be furnished. 

METHODS OP the CLASS. 

It wil] interest some to know how the 
class is conducted. Nothing could be more 
simple. The reading of the Scripture lesson 
and references bearing upon it is all. Near- 
ly every one has a Bible. The teacher and 
scholars read alternately. The references 
are announced by the teacher and read in 
concert by the scholars. Bro. Quinlan sel- 
dom makes explanatory remarks, and I be- 
lieve makes no practice of narrating sensa- 
tional stories, or even pleasing or impressive 
incidents. He gives them "the bare Bible," 
and they keenly appreciate its teachings. 

Whatever may be the usual order, I con- 
cluded that for so many, in such a small 
space, no one could have asked more quiet- 
ness of the children. There have been 
times, no doubt, when disorderly boys dis- 
turbed the peace of the school, but it is cer- 
tainly a good omen when the refractory ones 
become conspicuous for uprightness after- 
wards. None but those who endeavor to lead 
the young — the wayward and the neglected— 
into ways of right, can fully understand the 
trial and strain. In this I pledge sympathy 
with the teacher of the Bible school and 
commend his success. D. Emmekt. 

(7'o be continued) 



A Voice from the West. 



By careful and steady work it is destined to 
become a power tor good, and one of the 
largest congregations in Southern Kansas. 
It has the good will of those without, and 
bids fair to subdue its surrounding borders 
to the loving scepter of King Emmanuel. 

Our church v/ork has generally been har- 
monious. Nearly all questions brought be- 
fore our councils were disposed of by a 
unanimous voice. 

It seems to me if the local congregations of 
our beloved Brotherhood realized the power 
and influence for good there is in a unanimi- 
ty of sentiment and practice, there v,'ould be 
less disturbance in our beloved Fraternity. 
The success of the church depends, in a great 
measure, on the united efforts and prayers of 
her members. Each member has an influ- 
ence: then let each wield that influence on 
the side of Christ. 

Saturday, Dec. 10, we begin a series of 
meetings in the Scott Valley church, about 
twelve miles north-east of Burlington, in 
Coffee county. This congregation was or- 
ganized last spring, being the west half of 
the Cedar Creek congregation. We found 
the Brethren alive in the Master's cause. 
We continued our meeting until Sunday 
night, the 18th, with good attendance and in- 
terest. The people generally seem to be well 
pleased Avith the Brethren's doctrine. Sev- 
eral expressed a desire to unite with us, but 
from some cause put it off for a more con- 
venient season. AVe closed with a crowded 
house and the best of interest. I think we 
closed too soon, but being nearly worn out, I 
needed rest. It is impossible for me to fill 
all the calls though I see the need of spread- 
ing the pure gospel, when I see so much 
man-made doctrine and creeds imposed xrpon 
i the people, to the exclusion of the doctrine 
j and commands of Jesus Christ. 
I It was in this church our much esteemed, 
young brother, Adam»Clark, lived. He was 
zealous in the Master's cause, and a live 
Sunday-school worker, but cut off in the 
prime of life by that dread disease, typhoid 
fever. He was born Feb. 20, 1860, and died 
Sept. y, 1887. Thus one by one Ave are go- 
ing home. Let us eA^er live to the honor and 
glory of God! Chas. M. Yeakout. 

3Indison, Kan., Dec. 27, 18S7. 



The Verdigris cjiurch began a series of 
meetings, conducted by the home ministers, 
Avhich was continued eight days Avith large 
congregations and the best of interest. The 
church Avas encouraged, and much built up, 
sinners were worked upon by the influences 
of the Holy Spirit, until many Avere made to 
enquire for the Way of Life and salvation. 
As the immediate results of our labors, sev- 
enteen were added to the faithful by Imp- 
tism. Most of them were members of our 
evergrf'cn Sunday-school, This oongrega- 
tioBj seemingly, has a bright future before it, 



From Hamburg, Va. 



OuK church is in love and union, and oc- 
casionally gathering in a few members. Bro. 
Mohler, of LeAvistown, Pa., Avas Avith us a 
short time ago. We feel that Bro. Mohler 
has done his duty. He has delivered ten 
sermons at this place. Pleasant VieAA-, and 
Avas the cause of five being added to the 
church. There are good prospects for more, 
in the future. We Avould like to see Bro. 
Mohler back at this place again. His hear- 
ers have all taken a great interest iu Bro. 
Mohler's sermons. While he Avas Avith us in 
the vallej', his preaching resulted iu nearly 
one hundred converts. Bro. Mohler preaches 
very plain, and up to the line, and what ho 
says is to the point. J. J. HiSPTNi": 

Do: i:/, 1SS7. 



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Jau. 17, 1888, 



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EDITORIAL NOTES. 



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Order, Dnifts. or Kegistered Letters, made payable and ad- 
dressed to ■' Brethren's Publishing Co., Mount Morris. Ill," 
or "Brethren's Publishing Co., Huntingdon, Pa," 

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Jan. 17. 1888. 



The Bretiiren of the Silver Creek cliurch, 
AVilliains Co., Ohio, expect to coromence a 
series of meetings about Jan. 17. Bro. Jesse 
Calvert is to do the preaching. 



TVe are sorry to learn that our aged broth- 
er, Eld. Samuel Mohler, of Covington, Ohio, 
is again prostrated upon a bed of sickness. 
We hope for his speedy recovery. 



Bdo. M. M. E.shelman paid us a flying vis- 
it, Monday, Jan. 0. He, together -with Bro. 
Sharp, is making an-augements for the pub- 
lication of the new paper, — The School, Fire- 
side anfl Farm. 



Br.o. E. J. Nehee writes that the council- 
meeting in the Keuka church, Florida, on 
Dec. '^), passed off pleasantly, and that they 
appointed their love-feast for Feb. -4, at 3 P. 
M. Thev extend a cordial invitation to all. 



BiiO. Geo. Zollees, while with us, from 
Jan. 7 to 9, preached some very acceptable 
sermons at the College Chapel and the Silver 
Creek meeting-house. ^We were sorry that 
miDisterial duties called him home, just 
when he might have, profitably, continued his 
labors. 



The subject for the first prayer-meeting of 
the year, at the College Chapel, was, " Reso- 
lutions."' The importance of forming reso- 
lutions was duly emphasized, but all were 
sen.sibly impressed by the tendency of hu- 
manity to fail in i^erforming what should 
be done, thus bringing home to each one 
of us the thought that we can not succeed in 
the keeping of our resohitions without the 
help of God. 



Mr. Geo. L. McDonaugh, the General 
Traveling Agent of the Southern Kansas E. 
Pi., states that many have inquired about an 
excursion to the Pan Handle of Texas, where 
a meeting-house is now being built at Lips- 
comb, under the charge of Bro. "Wash. Wy- 
land. Mr. McDonaugh announces that 
" there will be two excursions, — on Jan. 25 
and Feb. 8. There will be excui'sion tickets 
on sale from St. Louis, Kansas City, and 
principal points west of the Mississippi Pav- 
er, at about one single fare for round trip. 
Tickets aic- fiist-class and good sixty days." i 



Overland. 

I Dictated..! 

We closed our last letter just as we reached 
Albuquertiue, New Mexico, a city with a pop- 
ulation of about 8,000 souls. Leaving New 
3Iexico we enter the territory of Arizona, and 
imtil we reach the rich and fertile valleys of 
California, the country may be described as 
one vast, desolate plain, broken here and there 
into abrupt mountain ranges and deep-cut 
canyons. This gives variety to the scenery 
and one never grows tired of watching the 
ever-changing panorama. 

As we pass over a wide extent of plain, the 
conductor tells us we shall in a few minutes 
reach and cross " Diabola Canyon." Here, in 
the midst of this flat, level plain, a deep 
gorge has been cut out to the depth, it is said, 
of 300 feet; to us, however, it did not seem so 
deep. At the top it is several hundred feet 
wide, and is spanned by a strong iron bridge 
over which the railroad runs. The sides of 
the canyon are steep and rocky and a descent 
to the bottom of the gorge would be attended 
with great difliculty. How this deep cut in 
the flat, level plain was formed, is a question 
we leave to the geologist to decide. It was 
not cut out by a stream of water, for there is 
no water course here. It is a sudden, abrupt 
break in the level plain, and looks as if there 
had been a sinking away of a portion of the 
earth's siirface. 

We crossed the canyon just as the morning 
sun was flooding the Eastern hills and val- 
leys with its soft, golden light. Far away to 
the north-east is a mountain range about 
forty miles in length. We did not learn its 
name, but we shall not soon forget the im- 
pression left upon the mind by this Arizona 
mountain. Its outlines stood in bold relief, 
and were clearly cut in the bright atmos- 
phere by the approaching morning light. It 
resembled more than anything else the gi- 
gantic ruins of some ancient city, largely in- 
creased in size. It brought to our minds the 
Acropolis at Athens, and the Temple of the 
Sun at Baalbec. To the north a squarely- 
cut mountain resembles much some huge 
temple in ruins. Next comes a gigantic tow- 
er, and this is followed in turn by temples, 
dome-shaped mounds, and great towers, and 
so the entire mountain range was carved by 
the hand of the Great Architect of the uni- 
verse, and it requires but little imagination 
to see in it what we have so imperfectly tried 
to describe above. 

These vast plains and great mountain 
ranges were, at one time, the home of the 
Apache Indians, one of the most savage and 
warlike tribes of the Great West. The lone- 
ly graves, visible from the car windows as we 
pass along, tell the story of their treachery) 
and cruelty, and of some poor traveler who 
had left home and friends in the East to seek 
a fortune in the Golden State, only to fill a 
deserted grave on tho-o •]' -i .' I'.e plains. 



At the stations where we stop for fuel and 
water, the Indians who came to the train 
to sell the smoky topaz, turquoises, and 
specimens of their pottery, were a source 
of much curiosity to the passengers, especi- 
ally to the boys and girls. They were, as a 
rule, comfortably clad, and looked as if the 
government fed them well. 

At one of our stopping places an Indian 
squaw, with a pappoose strapped to her back, 
did a thriving business in collecting nickles 
by showing her fat, chubby little one to the 
passengers. 

Saturday night at 9: 80 we cross the Colo- 
rado Kiver and enter California, reaching 
Barston about nine o'clock Sunday morning. 
This was Christmas day. We read the story 
of the Nativity contained in the 1st and 2nd 
chapters of St. Luke, and, after singing sev- 
eral of the beautiful songs of Zion, Bro. Van- 
iman, by special request, preached a Christ- 
mas sermon in our car. While he was 
preaching, the train moved away from Bars- 
ton, but his clear voice could be distinctly 
heard in any part of the car. The passen- 
gers all seemed interested in Bro. Vaniman's 
discourse. After the sermon we distributed 
a number of tracts, and we felt that the 
morning hour had been well and profitably 
spent. 

At 4 P. M. on Sunday we reached Azusa, 
having been six days and a half on the trip. 
Here we were met by Bro. Houser's son and 
son-in-law, Mr. Knight, who took us to Bro. 
H.'s comfortable home, five miles distant. 
We are, at this writing, seated in Bro. Hous- 
er's beautiful orange grove, under the 
spreading branches of a large fig tree. The 
trees are laden with their golden fruit, the 
sun shines M'arm, the roses and geraniums 
are in blossom, the birds are singing, and a 
gentle breeze is stirring the leaves on the 
trees, wafting to us the sweet fragrance of 
the belated orange blossoms. We forget 
that we are in midwinter, and that only a 
few days ago we frosted our ears in Kansas 
City, where the mercury was some degrees 
below zero. Bro. Houser's daughter, Etta, 
brought us a few strawberries which she has 
just picked, and altogether we feel as if the 
hand of magic had been at work. We shall 
have more to say of this country in the fut- 
ure. We close this letter with grateful 
hearts to the kind Father who has safely 
brought us to this land of sunshine and flow- 
ers. D, L. M. 



EDITORIAL NOTES. 



In connection with an article that we wrote 
some little time ago, upon " The Mennonites 
in Kansas," we requested the Brethren to in- 
form us if they knew of any Mennonites who 
baptize by Trine Immersion, as it was stated 
in a quotation that we made, that there are 
Mennonites who so bai:)tize. In answer to 
our request, Bro. J. Y. Heckler sent the fol- 
lowing, for which we, are thtinklai to him; 



Jan. 17, 1888. 



TFIE- GOSPHL NIESSF/NGKR. 



4:1 



" Peter Faust, Fairbury, Jefferson Co., Nebr., 
is a minister, and Las charge over a congre- 
gation of Russian Mennonites at that place, 
who baptize by trine immersion, and wash 
one another's feet, and observe the Lord's 
Supper, the salutation of the holy kiss, and 
hold the non-resistant principles, and in all 
other respects, as far as I can learn, believe 
and practice the gospel just as we do. An- 
other similar band is also located somewhere 
in Kansas, but I do not recollect the place." 

Sinners will be charged with such sins, 
and also be punished for them, that they 
would commit, if they had an opportunity to 
commit them, though they may have no such 
opportunity. When the sinner regrets that 
he can not gratify the wicked desire that he 
intended to gratify, God will surely impute it 
to him, as if it had been really committed. 
The Christian must abstain from sin when 
lie has an opportunity, or is tempted to com- 
mit it. It is no credit to a Christian to be 
free from any sin that he has had no tempta- 
tion or opportunity to commit. Hence the 
necessity of temptation and trial, that our 
faithfulness may be tested. 

* 

* * 

A general and thorough Scriptural refor- 
mation is not the lopping off of certain evil 
habits or exterior defects in life, as the dead 
branches are removed from the tree when it 
is trimmed; it is the restoration of all the 
functions of life to their original positions 
and offices, and then the sap or vital princi- 
ple of the divine life in the person planted 
in Christ, will flow from the root up through 
the trunk into every stem and leaf. "And 
he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers 
of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his 
season; his leaf also shall not wither; and 
whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." Ps. 1: 3. 

■ * * * 
The idea that man is the creature of cir- 
cumstances, is as dangerous as it is false. 
He is not necessarily carried along through 
life as the reed is carried by the stream into 
which it is thrown, or as the chaff is carried 
by the wind in the direction it blows, but he 
is like the mariner who so rigs his vessel, as 
will subordinate the wind to his use and 
utilize its power, and make it carry him to 
the port to which he designs to go. When 
we can make circumstances, we should make 
such as will help us, and when we can not 
have them as we want them, we must take 
them as they are, and pray God, w^ho can 
make " the wrath of man to praise him," Ps. 
76: 10, to help us that we may derive good 
even from unfavorable circumstances, for one 
of the precious promises of God to us is, 
" that all things work together for good to 

them that love God." Eom. 8: 28. 

* 

* * 

Dr. Parker of London, one of the most 
popular preachers in England, made a visit 
yocenlly to the United States, to deliver the 



eulogy upon Mr. H. W. Beecher, in the Ply- 
mouth church, in Brooklyn. At one time it 
was thought that Dr. Parker would be called 
to take Mr. Beecher's place in the Plymouth 
church, but he was not. After he delivered 
the eulogy, and spent some little time in vis- 
iting other places, he returned to Brooklyn 
and preached in the Plymouth church. 
There had occurred a difficulty between Dr. 
Parker and the Plymouth congregation in re- 
gard to the amount of money he was to have 
for his services. There was quite a flurry in 
the Plymouth church on the Sunday morn- 
ing after he preached there. The sermon 
seemed to be satisfactory, but his prayer aft- 
er the sermon produced the agitation above 
referred to. 

The following version of Dr. Parker's 
prayer is given in the Fhiladclphia Press : 
"At the conclusion of the sermon, Dr. 
Parker said, very impressively, 'Let us pray.' 
Every head in the congregation was bowed 
while, in deep and measured tones. Dr. Par- 
ker recited the Lord's prayer. There was a 
marked change in his tone as he got half 
through with the invocation, and, throwing 
back his head, thundered forth: ' Forgive us 
our trespasses.' There was an impressive 
pause of several moments. The preacher's 
chin dropped ujDon his breast. AVhen the 
face was raised to view again, the right hand 
was dashed across the eyes as though to wipe 
away unbidden tears, and then in a tone in 
which there was unmistakable significance 
the sentence was finished : ' As we forgive 
those Avho trespass against us! ' Another 
long pause and without concluding, the pray- 
er came to an abrupt termination, ' Amen.' 

Amazement was written upon the faces of 
those Avho listened. But when Dr. Parker 
suddenly turned aside, and going quickly 
down the steps of the platform, hurried away 
without waiting for the benediction, the as- 
tonishment grew more intense, and many in- 
dignant glances followed his hasty exit." 

The assertion that '' great men are not al- 
ways wise," Job 32: 9, will be readily accept- 
ed as correct. Dr. Parker's prayer seems to 
indicate a want of discretion on his part. It 
looks very much as if he designed to express 
in his prayer a reproof, or at least his disap- 
probation of the wrong that he thought had 
been done, in the bv*§iness aspect of his con- 
nection with the Plymouth church. This 
should not^have been done. We should not 
permit ourselves to become reprovers of oth- 
ers, when we are suppliants at God's throne 
of grace, for forgiveness for our own faults. 
It is to remind our readers of the imj)roprie- 
ty of such a course that we have made refer- 
ence to the occurrence in the Plymouth 
church. A spirit of meekness, of tenderness, 
forbearance, and foi'giveness, rather than ;i 
spirit of reproof should possess our hearts 
when we pray for ourselves and for others. 

After the difficulty in the Plymouth church 
referred to, a reception was given to Dr. 



Parker, and the misunderstanding was peace- 
ably settled, and he gave his check for .S700 
to the Beecher monument fund. The latest 
account that we have of t^e difficulty between 
Dr. Parker and the Plymouth church, con- 
flicts with the above statement that the diffi- 
culty was settled, but we charitably hope it 
was. 

* * * 

Baron Hihsch, a wealthy J ew, has offered 
$10,000,000 for the founding of primary 
schools in Russia, for Jev/ish children. The 
Czar has accepted the offer, and the money 
has been deposited in the bank of England. 

* '^ * 

Pastoe J. H. Chambees of the Baptist 
church of Huntingdon, in an article in The 
Daily Local News, of the same place, de- 
fends the denominational orthodoxy of Mr. 
Spurgeon, the popular Baptist minister of 
England. Mr. Chambers' article is a reply 
to an article that had been published in The 
Local Neivs, in which Mr. Spurgeon's de- 
nominational orthodoxy was called in ques- 
tion. Mr. Spurgeon is regarded as holding 
the doctrine of open or free communion. 
Mr. Chambers, in his article, thus defines 
Mr. Spurgeon's views of the subject: " It is 
well for the public to know just how Mr. 
Spurgeon views participations in the supper. 
If persons who are not members of his chuicL 
seek to unite with his church in observing 
this ordinance, they are given tickets which 
permit them to do so for a few Sabbaths- 
they are then expected to become members 
of that church. None are permitted to be- 
come members who have not been witnessed. 
In a conversation with an intimate friend of 
the writer last autumn, Mr. Spurgeon said : 
' If I lived in America, I should no doubt be 
a strict communionist.' That is to say, he 
would conform to the practice of the regular 
Baptists of America. If the view?, held by 
the American Baptists concerning the Lord's 
supper and their method of administering it, 
are unkind, uncharitable and unscriptural, 
would Mr. Spurgeon have made the above 
remark to his guest. Dr. H. L. WaylancI, of 
Philadelphia?" 

It appears from the above representation 
of Mr. Spurgeon's views of communion, that 
he does not hold the doctrine of open com- 
munion in its fullest sense. Mr. Chambers 
says, in referring to Mr. Spurgeon's practice 
in regard to the communion, "If persons who 
are not members of his church seek to unite 
with his church in observing this ordinance, 
they are given tickets which permit them to 
do so for a few Sabbaths; they are then ex- 
pected to become members of that church." 
The inference to be drawn from the above 
is, if persons who desire to do so, commune a 
few Sabbaths with the members of Mr. 
Spurgeon's church and then do not join his 
church, they will not be permitted to con- 
tinue to commune. So it appears that open 
communion in Mr. Spurgeon's church is lim- 
ited, J. Q. 



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I b-ih aOSF*H:J- AIKSSKXGB^R 



Jau. 17, 1888. 



Xoft's ffoni our Vorrvsintndents. 



'A^ ooKl water is to a thirsty soul, so is sootl news 
from a fnr country."' 



-All donationsfcfor the meeting-house at 
luJependence, Kans., should be seut to A. 
G. Eiupfield, who is fhe Treasurer, and may 
be addressed at the above place. 

— Sister Barbara Fisher, of Kockhan), 
Dak., says: "" I am all alone at this place, 
and would like to have some one come and 
hold ir.eetiugd here. Theie is a loom that 
can he had. liemember me I ' 

Bro. S. W. Hoover, of Dayton, O., says: 
•• Our meetings at De Grati'. Ohio, were at- 
tended by all (.lasses in the community, and 
the interest was good. Three made the 
good confession and were added to the 
church by baptism ; others are near the king- 
dom." 

—Bro. J. M. Forney writes us that Eld. 
Michael Forney, of Parkersburg, III., is on 
a bed of affliction. He desires to be re- 
membered in the prayers of his many dear 
brethren and sisters, that he may be restored, 
if such be the will of the Lord. 

—Bro. Wm. Shidler, of Cherry ville, Ore , 
writes: '" Bro. J. A. Eoyer came to our place 
Nov. 1-2, and held two meetings. Dec. 11th 
Bro. David Brower came and gave us two 
excellent sermons. The Brethren are alive 
to the cause of Christ. Both times the order 
and attention were excellent." 

— Bro. Isaac H. Arnold, of Lintner, 111., 
says: "A week ago I reported of Bro. C. S. 
Holsinger's preaching at this place, but as 
he received the intelligence of sickness in 
his family, he closed services, Dec. 28. We 
were sorry to see him go so soon, but hope 
to have him with us again before long." 

— Bro. Isaiah Eairigh sends us the follow- 
ing from the Woodland church, Mich., under 
dat€ of Dec 30: "Our little flock is in peace 
and union. AVe exjject to commence a series 
of meetings shortly, and expect Bro. Silas 
Gill^ert, of Ohio, to be with us. May we all 
be willing to do our duty, and Ave will be 
sure to have a good meeting." 

—Sister Katie Shidler, of the Maple Grove 
church, Ohio, expresses the joy she experi- 
enced in seeing two of her Sunday-school 
class turn to Christ and being buried with 
him in baptism. Surely, this is great en- 
couragement to labor on in the good Avork! 
Sister Shidler exhorts all to greater earnest- 
ness in the fulfilling of the Great Commis- 
sion. 

-Sister Hetty Fngel, of the Pleasant View 
church, Kane., writes: "Our church is in a 
Avorking condition, as all are showing their 
zeal for the Masters cause. The good, old 
Ship is moving steadily on her Avay. The 
home ministers are now holding a series of 
meetings. The attention is good, and Ave 
hope many may accept the way of salvation. 
Our dear brethren, Lemuel Hillery and 
Enoch Eby, haA-e both been away, laboring 
for the good of souls, but are now at home 
again. May God's cause he blessed here, 
ftud the l)-,rd«*r-8 of 2ion bnilt up! " 



Bro. C. C. Arnold, of AS^abash. Ind., 
Avrites: " We are at this time in the midst of 
an interesting series of meetings, .conducted 
by Eld. Isaac Billheimer. It seems like it 
takes the most powerful preaching extant, to 
Avake up some of the old, hardened sinners 
that come merely to see and be seen." 

— Bro. Wm. Borough, of South Bend, Ind., 
under dale of Dec. 30, Avrites the folloAving: 
"We have just closed an interesting and suc- 
cessful series of meetings. Bro. J. H. Mil- 
ler, of Milford, Ind., held forth the Word, 
and four made the good confession. Others j 
are counting the cost, and Ave hope they Avill i 
not delay to unite with God's children." 

— Bro. Tobias Meyers Avrites: "The Mes- 
senger reaches us regularly, and is an ever- 
welcome visitor. It ought to visit every 
family in this broad land of ours! I consid- 
er the Messenger the ablest preacher in the 
Brotherhood; it defends the teachings of Je- 
sus Christ against all the combined forces of 
darkness, and holds up the flag of Truth in 
defiance of all treason." 

It is always encouraging to hear of peo- 
ple getting rid of bad habits. Bro. Joseph 
B. Peflly, of New Paris, Elkhart Co., Ind., 
Avrites us that he has not only quit the use 
of tobacco himself, but is willing to com- 
municate to others the plan by AS'hich he suc- 
cessfully cured himself of the tobacco habit. 
Those interested should address him, en- 
closing a tAA'o-cent stamp. 

— Bro. D. B. Hartman, of the South Bend 
church, Ind., writes: "Bro. J. H. Miller came 
to our church Dec. 17. He has been hold- 
ing forth the gosfjel in demonstration of the 
Spirit and Avith power. Four dear brethren 
have been made willing to forsake sin and 
unite with the i:)eople of God. May God 
grant them grace to hold out faithful to the 
end of the race. The meetings are still in 
progress." 

— Sister Susan M. Stropesays: "The Mes- 
senger is my companion, and I thank God 
that I have the privilege of reading the pa- 
per. The year 1888 is upon us. May we, 
as children of God and soldiers of the cross 
of Christ, begin the new year with better 
prospects than the one just i^ast! May Ave 
improve the talent God has given us! May 
Ave shed such a light around us that all may 
know we have been Avith Jesus! " 

— Bro. J. J. Troxel, of the Shoal Creek 
church, Newton Co., Mo., writes: " Yester- 
day, Dec. 27, we closed aft interesting series 
of meetings, of nearly five AA'eeks' duration. 
Bro. S. N. McCann Avas Avith us and manful- 
ly Avielded the SAvord of the Spirit, to the 
encouragement of the church and the con- 
version of sinners. We had, in all, forty 
meetings and one council-meeting. Four- 
teen persons were received into the church 
by baptism. Seven persons, Avho had been 
severed from us by the Old Older Element, 
Avere again restored to full fellowship with 
the church, making, in all, twenty-one addi- 
tions to the church. Our Ijrother gave us 
much good counsel and encouragement. 
Mfty C-fod bl?HS him wlierover he goes! " 



— Sister Susan Brunk, of the Johnsville 
church, A'a., Avrites: "In compliance Avith 
the decision of last Annual Meeting, we held 
a series of meetings, lasting from Dec. 10 to 
20. Three precious souls Avere made Avilling 
to join in Avith the people of God, and were 
baptized, Ave hope, toAvalk in newnes.-j of life. 
May God ever be with them, and be their 
Leader all through life! Bro. John Naff, of 
Peter's Creek, Avas Avith us, and shunned not 
to declare tlie whole counsel of God, as it is 
in Jesus." 

— A report of some meetings is sent us bj' 
Bro. J. H. Meyers. He writes: "Dec. 2, L 
met with the Johnstown church, Pa., and 
preached tweh'e sermons. As the immedi- 
ate result tAvo Avere made willing to forsake 
sin and go Avith the people of God. From 
there I Avent to the Company Hill, on the 
12th, and preached ten sermons. Three 
more came out on the Lord's side, making 
five in all. These meetings were well at- 
tended, and quite a number are counting the 
cost Dec. 22 I started home to take a rest." 

— A good opening for missionary work 
seems to be at Ashland, Kentucky. Bro. V. 
J. Dray er writes: "Since the meetings held 
at this place by our Brethren, some have ex- 
pressed a desire to hear more of the doctrine 
of the Brethren. The Messengers and tracts 
haA'e been gladly received by many. We 
hope that greater efforts than ever will be 
put forth to urge the importance of mission- 
ary Avork. When we take the Avorld as it is, 
and point out the places thereon Avhich have 
never as yet been touched by the blessed in- 
fluence of the gospel, Ave may well start back 
in amazement, and Avonder whether the Avorld 
ever will be Christianized. True, the Avork 
is moving forward, but not as it should. The 
question still remains, ' Will God's people 
prove themselves faithless and leave so much 
good work undone?' " 

— The particulars of a sad accident are 
sent us by Bro. Thomas J. Vancil: " A fami- 
ly near here, in Wichita Co., Kans., had a 
Avell drilled, about eight inches in diameter 
and over 100 feet deep. The father leaving 
in the morning, to attend to some busiuess, 
failed to cover the opening of the Avell. 
Some time during the forenoon their little 
two-year-old daughter fell into the A\'ell and 
lodged at the depth of about 96 feet. The 
mother missing her little daughter, searched 
every-where, finally looking into the well, 
,Avhereupon she heard the voice of the little 
one. The mother's screams aroused the 
neighbors Avho came immediately, and also 
gave a general alarm throughout the coun- 
try. At night the father returned and, to- 
gether with his Avife, bent over the well- 
oi^ening, lamenting oA'er their dear child. At 
eleven o'clock of the same night there Avere 
over one thousand persons oo the ground, all 
willing to rescue the child, fully prepared to 
stay a Aveek, if necessary. Next day they 
delivered the child, but she Avas dead Avhen 
rescued, having passed aAvay about two hours 
before. The grief of the parents Avas beyond 
description. The father is almost craaed by 
the terrible event, and the mother is not &x^ 
pocted to lire," 



Jan. 17, 1888. 



THF GOSPHL A^IESSRNGKR. 



4:3 



— Bro. J. S. La Kue moved from Granger, 
Williamson Co., Texas, to Avithin eight miles 
of Emory, Rains Co., Texas. He says: "I 
should like if Brethren, traA'eliug through 
this neighborhood, would stop off and see us. 
1 have two daughters who, I think, would 
come to the church if we had some preach- 
ing done. I am living about fifteen miles 
from Payne's Store, Bro. Long's post-office. 
Brethren, think of us in our isolation! " 

— Bro. Loreuzo West, of the Strait Creek 
church, Ohio, says; "Our communion oc- 
curred Oct. 24. It was one that will long be 
remembered by all. Jacob Garver, Landon 
West, Wm. Mallow and our home ministers 
were present Since that time there was one 
added to our number — a poor, afflicted broth- 
er, who had become tired of sin, and wished 
to live with the people of God. He was car- 
ried into the water and was baptized. May 
God's blessing be with the afflicted! Our 
prayer-meeting that was organized one year 
ago is still kept up with a good interest." 

" — A season of rejoicing is reported from 
Charleston, W. Va., by Bro. A. Haws, who 
writes, under date of Dec. 29, 1887: "Breth- 
ren Hutchison and Sanger, of Fayette coun- 
ty, came on the evening of Dec. 24, and 
preached until the evening of the 27th. Two 
souls made up their mind to go along with 
us, but, owing to sickness, there was but one 
baptized. We are thankful to the Giver of 
ail good for what our eyes have seen and our 
ears have heard. We saw that sinners were 
made to tremble and realize their condition, 
and we feel that the children of God- were 
built up and encouraged. The meetings 
closed with warm feelings throughout. W^e 
trust the Brethren will come again." 

— Bro. J. H. Miller writes from Buchanan, 
Mich., as follows: "I am at present in Bei'- 
rien cojigregation, where I am holding a few 
meetings. Dec. 31 we had a jjleasant coun- 
cil. The cold snap on New Year's Day 
caused our congregations to dwiadle down. 
Those members here, who are loyal, are 
Morking nicely with the church. Had this 
church had a stricter way of doing business, 
years ago, all of her members might have 
been saved. The Brethren here propose to 
hold a series of meetings in the near future. 
They have decided to call on Bro. Isaiah 
Rairigh, of Woodland, Mich., to preach for 
them. We hope Bro. Rairigh will avail 
himself of this opportunity and respond." 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

"Write what thou eeest, and Bend it unto the churches." 

From Milmine Church, 111. 



tention Avere as good as could be desired. 
The attendance was small most of the time, 
on account of bad weather and bad roads. 

S. Heitz. 



This church is in peace and union. We 
have just closed a series meetings, held by 
Bro. C. S. Holsinger, from Dec. 10 to 25. 
The Word of God was preached with zeal 
and power. Our brother did not shun to de- 
clare the whole counsel of God. The imme- 
diate results were that two souls were made 
willing to forsake sin, and walk with the 
people of God, and the church was much 
built up and encouraged The order and at-. 



From Manor Hill, Huntingdon Co., Pa. 



AVhile in the north, you are, perhaps, 
bound in upon all sides by snow-drifted 
prairies, chilling to the body, but not to the 
soul, we trust. We often remember you 
with whom we have worshiped. Often do 
we muse over the time v/hen we shall return 
to those scattered out on the broad plains of 
the West. Perhaps you are deprived of the 
privilege of meeting together for worship, 
but, dear Brethren, don't grow weary in 
well-doing, for in due season you shall reap, 
if you faint not. 

I do not know a better way by which to 
encourage isolated members than to advise 
all who do not take the Messenger to sub- 
scribe for it. It comes laden Avith words of 
cheer and encouragement. 

Brethren and sisters, may you all prove 
faithful, and labor faithfully in the Master's 
cause! AVe expect to have a few weeks' 
meetings in January at the old home village, 
Manor Hill. About the last of February we 
start for the West, stopping a few weeks in 
Nebraska, and, God willing,, from there, by 
private conveyance, to our home in Scott 
Co,, Kans., where we expect to resume our 
labors with the isolated children of God. 

J. P. & MOLLIE HaBSHBAEGEI!. 



From Overhill, Upshur Co., W. Va. 



Oct. 29, the writer began a series of meet- 
ings in the Goshen congregation, Upshur 
Co., W. Va., and continued until Nov. 8. I 
then preached the funeral sermon of Bro. 
David and sister Catharine Sines' little sou, 
John Wesley, aged seven months and ten 
days, and baptized their daughter, Minnie. I 
would say to brother and sister Sines, Con- 
tinue the good work you have begun, and 
you will meet j'our dear little boy in Para- 
dise! 

A great interest was manifested in the 
meeting by the dear brethren and sisters. 
One soul made the good confession, and Avas 
numbered Avith the children of God. The 
Goshen church is but one year old and num- 
bers thirty-nine members, and, by the help 
of God, will become a strong church. Noa'. 
47, in company with Bro. A. Z. Sines, started 
for Maryland, and began a meeting in the 
Oakland congregation the evening of the 
18th. Brethren Thomas B. Digman and 
Wm. L. Sines are the ministers in this con- 
gregation. We had the pleasure of meeting 
with and making the acquaintance of many 
dear brethren and sisters. 

Bro. Isaac W. Abernathy, of the Maple 
Run church, was Avith us tAvo days. ^Ye 
Avere sorry to see him leave. 

On Tuesday, the 22nd, Ave Avere called to 
the bedside of sister Clara C. Johnson, and, 
with the assistance of Bro. T. B. Digman, 
our dear sister was anointed with oil in the 
aame of the honX, Our meeting cloeed on 



the evening of the 30th, Avith four additions 
to the church. May God keep them faithful ' 
There Avere many more near the church. 
May God's Spirit still strive with them, till 
they come. 

On Thursday evening, Nov. 24, at the close 

of the evening services, Bro. A, L, Sines, my 

traveling companion, was united in marriage 

' to sister Rebecca F. Reams. 

i Dec. 1, in company with Bro. Digman and 

'■ sisters Elsie and Fanny Sines, went to the 

; home of Bro. Digmnn, near Mt. Lake Park, 

! to hold a few days' meeting for the benefit of 

I Bro. Digman's family. It gave us much 

pleasure to meet Avith them. I preached 

Friday evening in the M. E. church, and that 

evening Bro. W^m. T. Sines came after us to 

go back and preach the funeral of our dear 

sister Johnson, Avho died Dec. 1. We 

preached the funeral on Saturday to a large 

congregation of brethren, sisters and friends. 

Sister Johnson leaves a husband and nine 

children to mourn their loss. They need not 

mourn as those Avho have no hope. 

I arrived at home the night of the 5th and 
found all Avell, thank God. I shall, if the 
Lord will, begin a series of meetings at the 
folloAving places and dates: Middle Park 
congregation, Dec. 10; Nuzum congregation, 
Dec. 31: from there to the Thornton congre- 
gation. David J. Millei;. 



From Cedar Creek Church, DeKalb Co., Ind. 



Biio. W. R. Deetee, of Milford, Ind., 
came to us Nov. 23, and commenced a series 
of meetings. He preached the Word with 
power and great effect till the evening of 
Dec. 7. Wednesday, Dec. 7, we were called 
to the Avater-side, where prayer Avas Avout to 
be made. Three j)recious souls were made 
willing to leave the ranks of sin and walk in 
newness of life. We Avere sorry that Bro. 
Deeter's arrangements Avere such that he 
Avas obliged to leave us so soon. 

Much good has been accomplished in our 
midst by his preaching. At the departure 
of Bro. Deeter, Dec. 8, Bro. Jeremiah Gump 
came and continued the good Avork. On the 
next Lord's Day, Dec. 11, three more tuuls 
Avere added to our number by baptism. Bro. 
Gump continued the meeting from Dec. 8 to 
14. This series of meetings Avas highly ap- 
preciated. AVe thank the brethren for their 
mission of loA'e. Henry Stecki.y. 

Garreif, Ind. 



Notes of Travel. 



I LEFT home Oct. l^,^en roide for Soutli- 
ern Ohio. Oct. 22 I commenced my labors 
in the Palestine church, Darke Co., Ohio. 
The first meeting was their love-feast ser- 
vice. A A'er}- large number communed. Wo 
continued here one Aveek, and had very ple.is- 
ant meetings. 

Oct.'29T:Avent^to'.AA^est Alexandria, in the 
Upper Twin district, and [commenced ser- 
vices] on the 30th, at^lO A. AI. I oni tinned 
until Nov. o, and then attended the commun- 
ion service in the Lower Stillwater district 
Over 500 members communed. 



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I HK ijrOcSJfc-Ki, JiVIliSSKNGrKK 



Jau. 17, 1888. 



Xov. -1 returned to Sugar Hill, iu Upper 
TavId. Communion services Nov. 5 at Sugar i 
Hill meeting-house. This -was considered 
the largest communion service ever held at , 
this place. Over -100 communed. In the 
forenoon of the Gth I preached in the Ger- 
man Iteformed church at West Alexandria. 
In the afternoon of the same day, I went to 
TVheatville, where I commenced services at 
7 P. M., and continued till the forenoon of ■ 
the loth. 

I commenced services iu the Lower Twin 
district, Nov. 13. Nov. 15, 1 attended a 
council in Lower Twin Creek. It was decid- 
ed to hold a choice for a speaker, and the lot 
fell on our esteemed brother, Aaron Brubak- 
er. May the Lord be his helper! 

I closed services iu the Lower Twin Creek 
church in the forenoon of Nov. 20, and com- ' 
menced services in the Price's Creek district 
at 7 P. M. Held services morning and even- 
ing except Monday and Saturday. 

Nov. 2-1 Thanksgiving services were held 
iu the Price's Creek district. The Mission- 
ary and Tract Work received attention; I did 
not hear the amount donated. I closed here 
on the forenoon of Nov. 27, and commenced 
services in the Wolf Creek district, at 7 P. 
M. I continued till the forenoon of Dec. 4. 
The weather being inclement, the attendance 
was not so large. Here our veteran, John 
Metzger, of Cerro Gordo, 111., was with us a 
few days. He is as zealous as ever. May 
the Lord spare his life many days! 

Dec. l I commenced a series of meetings in 
the Bear Creek district at 8 P. M. Wednes- i 
day I attended a council in the Bear Creek 
district. Nine ordained elders were present. 
To me, this was remarkable. In Kansas we 
are not used to seeing so many elders at 
council-meetings. I closed iu the Bear ■ 
Creek district Dec. 11, in the forenoon, and \ 
commenced services in Lower Stillwater dis- 
trict at 7 P. M., continuing till the morning 
of the 16th. We had a large attendance and 
good order. 

Dec. IG I commenced services in the Bea- 
ver Creek district, and continued till the ev- 
ening of the 20th, w'ith increasing attendance 
and interest. Dec. 21 I was taken to the 
Donnel's Creek district, where the adjoining 
elders were called in council. Council con- 
vened Dec. 22, and the church decided that 
elders I. J. Bosenberger, M. Swonger, and 
your correspondent, be a committee to hear 
and decide certain matters. The committee 
reported on the morning of Dec. 2.3. The re- 
port was accepted by a large majority. We 
hope it may be a final settlement of their 
trouble. Dec. 23, in the evening, I met the 
congregation in the Salem district, and con- 
tinued till the morning of the 25th. I deliv- 
ered a Christmas discourse, and then bade 
adieu to the members of Southern Ohio. 

After a sumptuous dinner, at the house of 
Eld. Jesse Kinsey, I was conveyed to Brook- 
ville by Bro. Jesse, where I boarded the train 
a few minutes after 6 P. M., and arrived at 
home on the 27th. I found all in ordinary 
health, thanks be to God! 

In conclusion I will say that I never had 
a more ^ ' '-^^act visit among members than 



my recent visit in Southern Ohio. The only 
thing I had to regret was, my stay at each 
place was too short. My time was limited, 
and I was compelled to close just when we 
should have continued longer. Yet I had 
the pleasure of seeing a number added to 
the faithful. I hope they all will be orna- 
ments in the church and lights in the world. 
I added many names to the list of those 
whose names I love to remember. God bless 
you all ! John Wise. 

Conicay Springs, Kans. 



Preachers" Library Report. 

We herewith submit a report of donations 
received to the Library Fund up to present 
date: 

E. S. Young, Mt. Morris, 111., $1 00 

A Brother, " " " 5 00 

L. A. Plate, " " " 50 

L. H. Funk, " " " 1 00 

Jas. Gilbert, North Manchester, Ind., . 1 00 

Elva Newcomer, Mt. Morris, 111., 25 

J. A. Brubaker, " '^ " 1 00 

S. M. Eshelman, " " " 25 

D. L. Miller, " " " 5 00 

and one copy of " Letters from 

Europe and Bible Lands," price, 1 50 

J. E. Miller, Mt. Morris, 111 1 00 

T. T. Myers, " " " 50 

C. E. Gulp, " " " .' 1 00 

N. E. Baker, " " " '.. 25 

E. E. Yundt, " " " -. 25 

I. N. Brubaker, Mt. Morris, 111 1 00 

Salome Stoner, " " " 50 

Minnie Windle, " " " 25 

Linnie Huffman, " " " 25 

W. C. Denlinger, ''■ " " 10 

Joseph Amick, " " " 2 00 

Mary A. Brubaker, Mt. Morris, 111. . . . 35 

W. E. White, " •' "... 25 

Anna Gockley, " " "... 25 

Laura McQuoid, " " "... 25 

Hattie McQuoid, " " "... 25 

Grant Mahan, " " " ... 50 

D. S. Arnold, Lanark, 111 75 

M. P. Lichty, Mt. Morris, 111 25 

E. A. Markey, " " " 1 00 

J. G. Eoyer, " " " 2 00 

S. H. Brubaker, " " " 25 

G. B. Eoyer, " " " 1 00 

S. C. Price, " " " 5 00 

Cyrus Wallick, " " " 1 50 

Delia Myers, " " " 50 

Myra Forney, Philadelphia, Pa 25 

Geo. E. Goughnour, Chicago, 111 20 

Lydia Gibbs, Mt. Morris, 111 10 

Peter Howk, Anderson, Ind 10 

John Caster, Leon, la 10 

Sallie Kauffman, De Graff, O 10 

T. F. Imler, Waynesboro, Pa 10 

Elizabeth Spindler, Woodland, Mich. . 10 

C. C, Madeira 10 

Will Weaver, Brimfield, Ind 10 

A. Miller, Mexico, Ind 10 

S. M. Geiser, Waynesboro, Pa 10 

G. H. Knisley, Tatesville, Pa 10 

H. F. Maust, Waterloo, la 14 

Jacob Lichty, " " 10 

C. J. Lentz, " " 10 

Miss Nan. Smith, Washington, Pa 10 

Catharine Hawver, New Carlisle, O . . . 20 



John Stafford, Spencerville, Ind 19 

Mary A. Himes, McCune, Kans 10 

Amos J. Nickey, Oakley, 111 18 

Jacob B. Miller, Nappanee, Ind 10 

J. Carson Miller, Lincoln, Nebr 25 

Eobert Metsker, Denver, Ind 10 

Miller W. Eeed, Blacksville, W. Va. .. 1 00 
Callie M. Colclesser, Eoanoke, Ind .... 20 

Eddie H. Kreider, Buck, Pa 25 

Levi Simmons, Carrollton, O 25 

David Sliong, Sherwood, O 10 

Willis Eodabaugh, Birminghani, la. . . 50 

I E. W. Hollopeter, Eockton, Pa 25 

Humphrey Talhelm, Minneapolis, Kan. 10 

Geo. A. Turner, Coshocton, 10 

Jos. G. Calvert, Sterling, Kans 10 

D. K. Eeasy, Exeter, Nebr 20 

Nancy Marshburn, Estacado, Tex 12 

Jesse Vanimau, Mt. Morris, 111 10 

Sisters of Huntingdon, Pa., per Lizzie 

B. Howe, 5 00 

Moses Neher, Leeton, Mo 10 

Joseph Kay lor, Bellefontaine, O 25 

A Brother, Dow, Ind 25 

Jacob Kintner, Shei'wood, O 10 

W. G. Nyce, Mt. Morris, 111 .' 25 

D. J. Overholtzer, Spadra, Cal 10 

Jonas Varner, Stony Man, Va 30 

L I. Himes, Mt. Morris, 111 1 00 

Jincy Harshbarger, West Milton, O. . . 50 

J. F. Britton, Dunlinsville, Ya 10 

Kate Johnson, Somerset, Pa 25 

S. & P. J. Badger, Panther, la 40 

M. M. Eshelman, McPherson, Kans., 

one copy of "Two Sticks," price, 1 00 

If, by mistake, the donations of any have 
not been acknowledged, the donors Avill do us 
a favor by notifying us of the error. 

We,Jiave made another important addition 
to our Library, which we take pleasure in 
announcing to our brethren. The work to 
which we v/isli to call special attention this 
week is " The People's Bible: Discourses up- 
on Holy Scripture," by Joseph Parker, of 
London, England. Speaking of his discours- 
es on Leviticus and Numbers, Dr. Harper, of 
New Haven, Conn., says: "The subject is il- 
luminated as by electric light. The grand, 
eternal, universal principles underlying those 
books are seized and expounded with 
strength and beauty. The sermons remind 
one of Talmage without his sensationalism 
and with infinitely more intellectual power. 
There is the same quickness at grasping 
analogies, the same flashing wit, the same 
keen application of truth to life, with deeper 
insight, broader knowledge, finer style, 
stronger effect." 

There are six volumes of the work now 
out, and we have them all in the Preachers' 
Library: Yol. 1, Genesis; Vol. 2, Exodus; 
Vol. 3, Leviticus to Numbers xvi; Vol. 4, 
Numbers xvii to Deuteronomy; Vol. 5, 
Joshua to Judges v; Vol. 6, Judges vi to 1 
Samuel xviii. 

We have also added the " Stein and Eay 
Debate " and Bro. Eshelman's " Two Sticks " 
since our last report. 

For regulations, see our article in Messen- 
ger of Jan. 3. Communications may be ad- 
dressed, Bretheen's Eeading Circle, Box 
20, Mt. Morris, 111. 



Jan. 17, 1888. 



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From Fredonia, Kansas, to Lipscomb, Texas. 



We left Fredonia, Kansas, Dec. 15 and ar- 
rived at Higgins, Texas, — the end of oiTr 
journey by rail, on the morning of the 17th. 
The car containing our household goods was 
delayed at Kiowa, and did not arrive till Sat- 
urday night, causing us to lay over at Hig- 
gins over Sunday. On Monday it stormed, 
and grew so cold by Tuesday that the team- 
sters did not like to start out. So we waited 
till Wednesday, when we started for Lips- 
comb, Texas, where we arrived the same ev- 
ening, and found the friends awaiting us with 
open arms. We have been here over a week 
now, and find the people kind and obliging. 
We commenced services Jan. 1 with fair con- 
gregations and attentive hearers. The tim- 
ber will be on the ground this week for the 
church, and work will commence at once on 



the buildings. 
Jan. 2. 



Washington Wyland. 



From Bijou Hills, Dak. 



Our Sunday-school has closed, after a suc- 
cessful term of thirty sessions, averaging 
fifty-six in attendance. The results are very 
gratifying to all. I can say, in justice to the 
Sunday-school v^^orkers of Brule county, that 
their zeal is seldom equaled. 

Another helper in our Christian work is the 
prayer-meeting. It continues now, as in the 
times of the apostles, from house to house. 
We try to break the bread of love and obedi- 
ence to one another, supplicating before a 
throne of grace. We are a small band on 
the outposts of civilization, and look. to our 
Great Commander for our reward. Those 
who can not go to the line of battle, can be- 
come a nurse, or can send out their assistance 
in various ways to the relief of those posts 
far beyond the reserves. 

One asks, " How may I do this? " Do you 
not know the faithful trusty ones, out on 
dutj', need bread, clothing and medical at- 
tendance? This requires money. If you 
have it, dear brother, send it to the front to 
assist the trusty man of God to continue the 
conflict. Many battles for the Lord have 
been practically lost for want of support. 
Had not support come in due time, Grant 
would have lost the battle of Shiloh, and our 
warfare is of vastly more importance. A 
loss of one soul means more than the whole 
world! 

Brethren, here is the place to feel the need 
of assistance. Of ourselves we cannot do 
justice to the cause. " Truly, the harvest is 
great and the laborers are few." Pray that 
the Lord might send laborers here. When 
you have done your duty at prayer, neglect 
not that other duty, — to give to the Lord 
from your abundance! 

I did not think I would write as I have, 
but the word comes to us from many a plead- 
ing one, "Come, preach the word for us." 
Practically we cannot go, because we have 
not the means to do so, and do justice to the 
work. 

I cannot refrain from speaking of the lit- 
tle feast we enjoyed with a few faithful ones, 
south of Mt. Vernon. Here we had met a 



few times the little band of seven in common 
worship. When my companion and I, and 
Bro. Murray, after a drive of fifty miles, 
came into their presence, tears of joy were 
shed freely. Bro. B. F. Miller, to whom 
these loved ones look for counsel, came to us 
and wept. If so much joy is realized at 
earthly meetings, what will the meeting be 
in heaven! Here we met an aged sister who 
came with her son and companion a distance 
of some forty-five miles by private convey- 
ance, to meet at the Lord's table with the 
saints. 

We desire, according to the instructions 
of Annual Meeting, to hold a series of meet- 
ings here before long. Who will come? As 
Peter and John said, " Silver and gold have 
we none." Come in the name of Jesus! 
May God ever smile upon your pathway in 
life Avhile doing your duty, and when our 
course is run, may we greet each other in 
heaven, no more to sorrow! 

W. G. Cook. 



The School, Fireside and Farm. 

This is the name of a sixteen page month- 
ly journal, published at McPherson, Kansas, 
at the low price of oO cents a year. As the 
title indicates, a portion of the paper is de- 
voted to educational articles from the pen of 
our foremost educators, but of such a char- 
acter as to interest the general reader, 
the teacher, the student and the friend of 
education, besides giving information in re- 
gard to the schools under the care of Breth- 
ren at Huntingdon, Pa., Bridgewater, Va., 
Mt. Morris, 111., as well as the progress of 
the new College in the West. The fireside 
and the farm are eminently adapted to the 
home, and tend to make this a family paper. 
It Avill not encroach upon the rights of any 
other periodical, but will assist the mechanic 
and the farmer, for a nominal sum, to avail 
themselves of others' experience, which cost 
many thousands of dollars. A limited num- 
ber of advertisements admitted. Send for 
specimen copy to School, Fireside and Farm, 
McPherson, Kans. First number will be 
dated Jan. 1-5, 1888. S. Z. Sharp. 

From Carizo, Neutral Strip. 



Upon entering the new year, how many of 
us have thought of the change it ought to 
make in tis! Oh, that we would stop but for 
a moment and consider the goodness of God! 

I see in the Messenger that many isolated 
brethren and sisters are scattered over the 
land, trying to build up the cause of Christ, 
and fighting the battle alone. May the 
Lord ever be with all such and support and 
encourage them in their pilgrimage Zion- 
ward ! 

We are located on the western part ol the 
Neutral Strip, eight miles from the New 
Mexico line, and twenty miles from the Col- 
orado line. We are isolated, indeed, from the 
church, but it is a lovely country, possessing 
many conveniences. We have fine building 
rock in abundance, timber for fuel and fenc- 
ing posts; also coal. People burn their own 



lime here. We have good soil, and a good 
country for stock. On the mountains, game 
of different kind can be found. Brethren, 
come and look at our country. Come and lo- 
cate with us, and try to build up Zion ! We 
have a large family of boys, and can not af- 
ford to be without a church and Sunday- 
school for our children. The interest and 
welfare of the tender minds of those entrust- 
ed to our care should be our greatest con- 
cern. 

We have no church of any kind here. The 
Messenger is all tiie preacher we have, and 
to do without it would almost be impossible. 
I can hardly wait till 1 have perused its con- 
tents. I would rather do without some other 
necessaries, than do without my paper. It 
is cheering to read of the dear ones coming 
to Christ. May they live faithful to the end! 

Lydia Shireman. 



From Upper Fall Creek Church, Ind. 

The members of the above-named church 
built a neat, commodious house in Middle- 
town. By request we commenced a meeting 
in said church Nov. G, and closed the 15th. 
Three were added to the church by baptism. 
The interest of the meeting increased until 
the close. Could we have stayed longer, no 
doubt the result would have been greater. 
The above-named church is presided over by 
Eld. George Hoover and his son David. 
Bro. George has been a veteran soldier of 
the cross for many years. May the good 
Lord bless the aged brethren and sisters who 
have faced the storms and stood so nobly 
and valiantly in defense of the cause of our 
blessed Master. Let us jDrofit by the exam- 
ple they have given us. The members in 
the above church are kind and sociable. At 
present I am laboring in the Nettle Creek 
church, Ind., and on the 8th expect to com- 
mence a meeting in the town of Markle, Ind., 
in Eld. Dorsey Hodgden's district. 

Silas Hoover. 
Thornville, Ohio. 



From the Verdigris Church, Kans. 



Bro. George W. Studebaker and Bro. 
W. Wyland came to us Nov. 15, the time ap- 
pointed to ordain Bro. D. W. Stouder to the 
full degree of the ministry. The same even- 
ing Bro. Studebaker began a series of meet- 
ings, preaching fourteen sermons with pow- 
er, and awakening the people of our com- 
munity to a realization of their relation to 
God. Not since I am in Kansas has there 
been such an interest here. After Bro. Stu- 
debaker went to his home in Fredonia, Wil- 
son Co., the home ministers conducted about 
the same number of meetings, and twenty- 
two souls were added to the kingdom by bap- 
tism. Among the happy number was my 
dear wife. Bro. Studebaker is nearly 70 
years old, but our prayer is, May the Lord 
bless him with more years of usefulness ere 
he calls him home. There yet is a great in- 
terest. One thousand people were present 
at the baptismal scene, Dec. 18, 1887. The 
Lord bless us all ! W. H. Leaman. 



A Friendly Offer. 



I AM now past my eightieth year, aud for 
more than fifty-tvro years have been preach- 
ing the gospel of Jesns: and I feel just as 
much interested in buildiug churches, sav- 
ing sinners and edifying saiuts as ever be- 
fore. "With a good feeling toward all my breth- 
ren and sisters, I feel like making a frieud- 
ly offer. It is this: I still have a little mon- 
ey left which I purpose to give to poor 
churches to help build meeting-houses. lu 
giving I want it to do all the good possible. 
I desire it to serve a double purpose: First, 
to stimulate those who use tobacco to do 
well by quitting its use; and, second, by 
helping to build meetiug-houses. Therefore 
those poor congregations which succeed in 
persuading those members among them, who 
use tobacco, to quit, may apply to me, and I 
shall cheerfully do what little I can, by the 
help of the Lord, to assist them. This is 
not offered to hurt any one's feelings, but to 
urge a change for the better, and to do that 
gocKl which seems pleasing to the Lord. 
Pray for me, and may grace and love abound. 

John Metzger. 

Cerro Gordo, IJl 



From Southern California. 



SI^'CE the church of Southern California 
was organized, it has gradually increased in 
numbers by emigration from the East; also 
by a few additions by baptism. The mem- 
bers, however, reside in many different local- 
ities. This may be regarded, by some as a 
disadvantage, yet it may be for the better. 
For if the few who reside in any one locali- 
ty will practice what they profess, those re- 
siding in each neighborhood may form a nu- 
cleus fi-om which a local church may event- 
ually be built up. 

During the past summer, families, repre- 
senting about a dozen members, have pur- 
chased homes here in the Conejo Valley, at 
prices ranging from 820 to S50 per acre. 
This Valley is fifty miles west of Los Ange- 
les, and fifteen miles east of Hueneme, our 
nearest seaport. This valley has an eleva- 
tion of 1000 feet. It has a good climate, 
good soil, and plenty of timber. It is sur- 
rounded by mountains and hills, and con- 
tains several small streams, fed by never- 
failing springs. Good wells can be easily 
had. A railroad will probably soon be con- 
structed. One minister has located here. 
Having no house of Avorship, we have ar- 
ranged to have preaching and Sunday-school, 
regularly, in our dwelling houses. We are 
anxious to have more Brethren settle among 
us, and help build up a church. Land is 
cheaper here than in most other parts of the 
country. Some large tracts of land in this 
vicinity, suitable for sub-division, and adapt- 
ed to general farming, fruit raising, or stock 
raising purposes, can be bought at reasona- 
ble rates, and Brethren, wishing to settle in 
Southern California, should visit this valley 
and see for themselves, before purchasing 
elsewhere. Geouge E. Finch. 

Kewherry Park, Veniura Co., Cal 



From the Mission Field. 

TheIiE are many ueAv places now that are 
constantly needing the attention of all God- 
fearing people, and, among others, we also 
stand in need of good, earnest workers in our 
Master's cause. Bro. Baily, of the Urbana 
church. 111., was here and labored with us 
during Christmas, delivering six telling ser- 
mons, which made a great many good im- 
pressions. It was seed of the true kind, 
which, with care, will surely bring forth a 
rich harvest. Bro, Baily is the first brother 
ever known to have spoken the gospel, as 
taught in its primitive i:)urity by the Breth- 
ren, in this community. I am sure much 
good could be accomplished by a persistent 
effort. Some came out to meeting that had 
not attended divine worship for years, and 
were very much interested. 

There are only three members here at 
present, — Bro. Harmeson and wife, of the 
Urbana church. 111., and sister Secrist, of 
Ladoga, Ind. ' We have lived here only a 
short time, but our houses are always open 
for the Brethren, and we will provide a place 
for preaching, as there are hundreds of souls 
starving for the Bread of Life, who know 
nothing of our Brethren. 

Cayuga is a thriving little place of about 
200 inhabitants, situated at the crossing of 
the C. & E. I. E. E. and T, & St. L. K, R. R. 
Climate and water are good here, and an in- 
exhaustible supply of coal, as yet mostly 
undeveloped, Cayuga is located on the Big 
Vermillion Eiver on, what is known, as the 
Gravel Prairie. We heartily invite all 
Brethren to call on us whenever convenient; 
we would like to have many locate here pei'- 
manently. Above all we desire to establish 
God's stronghold to the exclusion of the evil 
" one. To that end we will earnestly labor, 
and wish the prayers of all the Brethren in 
the accomplishment of a good cause. 

Albert F. H.\iimeson, 
Jacob Secrist. 



From North Solomon Church, Kans. 



Ori; regular quarterly council was held in 
Osborne, at the home of Bro. David Neis- 
wanger, on Saturday, Dec, 10, 1887. Nearly 
all the members were present. Elders John 
Foi-ney, Allen Ives and John Hollinger were 
with us, and gave good counsel and instruc- 
tion. The field of labor being very large 
and the laborers few, the church deemed it 
best to call for more ministerial help. An 
election was held, which resulted in the^call 
of brethren Isaac Myers and Isaac Lerew to 
the ministry. At the same time Peter Burg- 
hard and Joseph Morrow were advanced to 
the second degree of the ministry. The 
meeting Avas characterized by an unusual de- 
gree of solemnity and deep feeling. Chris- 
tian love and union i)revailed. It was truly 
a meeting long to be remembered. Breth- 
ren John Forney and Hollinger each gave us 
one sermon here in Osborne. Then breth- 
ren Forney and Ives held a week's meetings 
on Crystal Plains, in a Union church, with 
interested congregations. The church was 
really edified and built up. The people were 



stirred up to read the Scriptures. Two, a 
husband and wife, who had been associated 
for some time with the Old Order Brethren, 
returned to the church; so, one or two at a 
time, they are returning. Bro, John Forney 
preached twelve sermons, full of food for the 
soul. According to nature, Bro. Forney can 
not survive many more years,— he seems 
ripening for glory. We wonder upon whom 
his mantle Avill fall. Our elder, Allen Ives, 
will return in January, the Lord willing, to 
hold meetings awhile with us. Let us" have 
the prayers of the faithful, that God's bless- 
ing may richly attend his labors, arid also 
the labors of our own home ministers. 

Fanny Morrow. 



MatrimoniaL 



SHULTZ— ETTER.— At the residence of the under- 
signed, at Shady Grove, Franklin Co., Pa., Dec. 25, 
1887, Mr. George W. Shultz and sister Susan Etter, 
all of Franklin Co., Pa. Wm. C. Kooxtz. 

MARKER— HARNISH.— At the re.sidence of ilie 
bride's parents, Dec .25, 1SS7, by the undersigned, 
Jacob E. Marker, of Ozawkie, Kans., and Emma F. 
Harnish, of McLouth, Kans. D.win Kimmet.. 

LAMBERT— PFOUTZ.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, near Gettysburg, Pa., Dec. 22, by .S. 
H. Utz, C. D. Lambert, of Sidney, Nebr., and sister 
Minerva S., youngest daughter of Eld. C. L; Pfoutz. 

STUTZMAN— HARTER.— At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Dec. iS, 18S7, by R. A. Voder, Mr. 
Chancey A. .Stutzman and Miss Ella>L Ilarter, both 
of Shelby Co., Iowa. 

WVLAND— TERVVILLIGER.— At the residence of 
Bro. S. Yoder, Dec. 22, 1887, by R. A. Yoder, Mr. 
Oscar Wyland and Miss Charlotte Terwiliiirer, bnth 
of Shelby Co., Iowa. 

KEPNER— MOTE.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, Sept. 22, 1S87, by the undersigned, Bro. John 
H. Kepner and sister Sarali Mote, both of Ionia Co., 
Mich. 

HART— GARLINGER.— Ai the residence of tlic 
bride's parents, Nov. 24, 1S87, by the xmdersigned, 
Mr. Frank Hart and Miss Amanda Garlinger, botli 
of Barry Co., Mich. 

MOTE— SPICHER.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, Dec. 29, 18S7, by the imdersigned, Bro. Da- 
vid B. Mote and sister Ida Jam- Spichci, boih of Ionia 
Co., Mich. Ism All !<. airigii. 



Fallen Asleep. 



'Blessed are ttie dead which die in the Lord 



ESHELMAN.— In Milo Township, Delaware Co , 
Iowa, Jan. 21, 1SS6, Samuel ICsh<-lTiian, aeeti 56 ^ ears, 
7 months and 19 d.ays. 

POOR. — Near West I'nion, Iowa, .\prii 29, 18S7, si.ster 
Mary Poor. .Services by the Brethren, from Re\'. 
14: 13. EI,^nRA A. Han.set . 

LONG. — Near Pierceton, Ind., Dec. 26, 1887, sislei- 
Margaret Long, aged 86 \ears, 2 monilis and 2 days. 

GUY. — At the sauie place, Dec. 30, 1887, ICliza Guy, 
aged 74 years and 3 days. .Services by tlie writer. 

H. H. Bk.m.liek. 

DUKES.— -N'ear Alpena, ]:)ak , Dec. 24, Mrs. Ruby 
Dukes, aged 49 years. .SeiAic< s by the \» liter, in the 
-Methodist church, from P-- 116: 15 

1;. F. MlI.LKK. 

BURKET.— In the Ch\ar rhuich, iihiir Co., Pa., Clara 
Catharine Burket, aged 7 \<';i Is, 11 montlis and 18 
d.iys. .Service- I \ th^ '.siiier. David D. Sell. 

LARREBEE. — In the \\'a\iiiau congregation, Ind., 
Dec. 9, 1887, Bro. Slcplieii Larrebte, ageil 60 years, 
I month and 12 days. 



Jan, 17, 1888. 



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STON'ER — In the St. Vraia clnn-cli, Colo., Dec. Ji, 
18S7, sister Hannah Stoner, aged 57 years and i i 
months. Services by the writer and J. J. Hoover, of 
Xebraska. O. W. Fesler. 

MEISELL.— In the Locirst Grove congregation, Fred- 
erick Co., Md., Dec. 15, o£ paralysis, sister Cnrolinc, 
wife of Bro. Frederick Meisell, aged 73 years and <) 
nioiuhs. Services by Bro. J. Brown. 

I'L.AINE — In the same congregation, Dec. 2^, of en- 
largement of the heart, Bro. Jonathan Plalne, aged 
74 years, 8 months and 27 days. 

PLAINE- — In the same congregation, April 26, 1S87, 
sister Eliza A., wife of Bro. Jonathan Plaine, aged 68 
years, 5 months and 26 days. Services by brethren 
j. Brown and S. Stoner. M. E. E. 

ROYER. — In the bounds of the Weeping Water 
church, Otoe Co, Nebr., Oct. 21, Bro. Isaac Royer, 
aged 84 rears. Services by the Brethren, from Luke 
I 2 : 40. 

SHERFV. — In the same church, Cass Co., Nebr., Nov. 
5, Lura Sherfy, aged ^ jears, 2 months and 6 days. 
.Services by G. W. .Stambaugh, from lAike iS: 16. 

CLAPP.— In Cass Co., Nebr., Dec. 13, of spinal affec- 
tion, i\Irs. Clapp, aged 53 ycar^ .Services by G. W. 
Stambaugh, from Rev. 14: 13 J. L. Sn'.wei.y. 

CLINGENPEEL.— In the Mexicochurch, Miami Co., 
Ind., Nov. S, 1S87, Bro. John Clingenpeel, aged 71 
vears, 10 months and 12 days. He was a member of 
the church 47 years. Services by David Xeff, of the 
Roann church. Jacob Fisher. 

W AMPLER. — In the Cowansliannoc congregation, 
Armstrong Co., Pa, Dec. 22, 1887, Bro. Da\id 
Wampler, aged 79 years, 1 1 months and 22 days. He 
was afflicted with nervousness for a number of years, 
and during the last two davs he was unconscious. 
Services bv the writer. R. T. Poi-i..\rii. 

.STONER. — In the Jonathan Creek church, Ohio, in 

December, 1S87, Eld. Eli Stoner, aged 76 years.. 

Deceased was a minister 40 years, and an elder 20 

ears. Though not an eloquent preacher, his conduct 

preachetl loudly to all. Tliougli living, about nine 

miles from his appointments, he seldom missed a meet- 

ng. Five children are left to mourn their loss, all in 

the church, and one in the ministry. 

J.\COr. LlCCKROXK. 

JSTON. -In Preston Co., W. \'a., Oct. 30. 1SS7, of 
heart trouble, Perry Liston, aged 60 years. 

Friend Liston, on the day of his death, was well as 

siial. He went out to bring in fuel, and as he did not 

eturn, his wife went nut to look for him, tlnding that 

e had passed away. He leaves a wife (a sister) and 

ive children. He was'loved by all, and at one time a 

leniber of the church. He intended to come back to 

iie church some lime, but deferred doing so until too 

ale. The writer was well acquainted with him, and 

n truly say that fi'iend Liston was a warm-hearted 

un, ready to help at all limes. Ser\ ices by tine writ- 

, from John 14: 1-3. ' Z. Axxox. 



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semane. — Jericho. — The Dead Sea. — River of Jordan. — Bethel. — The Moun- 
tains of Blessing and Cursing. — Nazareth. — Cana of Galilee. — The Sea of Gal- 
ilee. — Capernaum. — Damascus — Ruins of Baalbec. — Customs, Manners, Hab- 
its and Home Life of the Arabs. 

Bro. Miller visited the places he describes, and tells about them in an easy, 
pleasant manner, which makes the book exceedingly' interesting. It contains 
439 P''^a^s, and 40 engravings, among which are a number of full-page illustra- 
tions of Palestine scenery. It is printed on heavy, tinted papei", in clear-faced 
type, bound in a good, substantial manner, and will be sold at the very Ioav price 
of $1.50 per copy, cloth binding, postage prepaid. 

Speci-VL R.vtes to Ministers. — In order to have a copy of the book 
placed in the hands of all our ministers, we make them the following liberal offer: 
Send one dollar for the book, and sixteen cents to pay postage, antl you will re- 
ceive a copy by return mail. 

Agents wanted, to whom liberal terms will be given. Address all ordersto 
BRETHREN'S PUBLISHING CO., 

Mt. M0RR1.S, III. 



AbsofuteiyPure. XwO StlckS ! 



rhis.jxjwJer sercr varies. A marvel of 
parity, strength and wholesomeness. More 
economic^ than the ordinary kinds, and can- 
not be sold in competition with the multitude 
of low t<st. short weight, alum or phosphate 
powders. Sold o>"ly in can"s . 

HOYAL RAKING POWDEB CO., 

103 Wall St., N. Y. 

FEoriiisi: mmim 

Near McPherson College Building. 

S<nd for plats, terms ai:d instructions con- 
cerning £o!ection of lots. Choice property 
cheap. Terms co;d to poor who may wish to 
pay in inetallmenl?. Discount for cash. For 
particulars address. 

M. 31 KSHELSUJS, 

<S:f McPherson, Kans. 

KANSAS LAITDS! 

Brethren find f tieadp. why not. in going west, 
loca'e where land is cheap? Qainter is tfee 
b??t place for tho3 3 with mf;in.s a? wall as 
those with limited means, to locate and invest. 
LanJtclU from .*5 to $7 per acre, near town, 
schools and c.urchee. I have a few choice 
Homestcada and Tree Claims, with some im- 
proremests. for sale. Prices from £2(X) to 
ifO') per 1^0 ac.-es, well located. There is no 
place in Kan£a3 that I have eean I'and I have 
been in .37 counties ;. that will equal thein- 
dac^ments of Quieter and vicinity Tne lay 
of the land &ni quality of s jil is fine, the pure 
soft water is excellent. The eoci- 1/ is as good 
as in the east as it is made up of eastern peo- 
ple. We hare a large church of the Brethren, 
besides other denominations. I am also agent 
lorQiint^r Town Co., and offer inducements 
for business men, especially a good doctor. I 
will furnish lots and improved Innd on terms 
to suit the purchaser For further informa- 
tion call on ora<ldres3. 

.J. W. B.A.K£K. 

Quintor, Gov* Co. , Kans. 

THE MOFOIT ROUTE." 

TiiLs road is running a fine line of 
Pullman Buffet .Sleepers between Chi- 
cago and Indianapolis, Cincinnati and 
Louisville, in connection with the fast 
Florida express trains. 

For particulars regarding rales to 
Florida, lar.d buyers" tickets, etc., address, 
E. O. McCoRMiCK, Gen'l Pass. Agt., 183 
Dearborn St., Chicago, 111. 



i jSToav Ready- 

The Prophetical and the Actual have a joyful 
i meeting in the Temple of Truth. The house 
I of Judah, or Jtws. and the house of Israel are 
i two peoples. Overwhelming Testimony. The 
{ Anglo-Saxons fill the predictions of the holy 
prophets concerning Israel. Every Arglo- 
Saxon should read this book Price, §1.00. 
'' Agents wanted. Good pay to hard workers. 
j Address 

I M. ?*I. ESHELMAN, 

! McPherson, K;in>:. 



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For several years there has been a demand 
for a small rau.sio book suitable for tlje use of 
our Sunday-scliools, but heretofore we felt 
that the demand for such a book would not be 
large enough to cover expenses We now take 
the risk, in the hope that our schools will, as 
far as possible, adopt it, believing that it 
will meet a long-felt want 

SPECI.VL fe.\ti;ees. 

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soul-refreshin;;. Christian sentiment and fer- 
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forget, and within the easy and safe compass 
of children's voices. It contains 192 large 
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This farm contains 159'4 aces and is 2'/z 
miles from Yellow Creek, Stephenson Co, 111., 
a railroad station. This faim is well im- 
proved has two spricgs and two wells that 
never failed; also a cistern- A Brethren's 
meeting-house built on one comer of the farm. 
There is also 32'/2 acres of timber land that 
will bo Fold with the farm. For particulars, 
addresp, 

bIMON STUDESAKElt, 
49tf Yellovf Greek, III 



IMPOETANT CHANGES. 



See the Nev; Schedule,— Solid Through 
Trains between 

Chicago, Rochelle, Rockford, Oregon, 

Sa\anna, Dubuque, Prairie du 

Chien, and St. Paul. 



Rapid Transit, 

First Class Service, 

Unsurpassed Eqnipineiit. 



Take the Chicago & Iowa Eailroad,— 

Only H Hours from Chicago to 

the Twin Cities of the 

North-west. 

On and after Sunday, Dec. 4 1887, trains will 
run on the Chicago & Iowa li. R. as follows: 



GOING WEST. 



STATIONS 



Chicago 

Aurora 

Iiochelle . . 



Oregon,. . . 
Forreston 



A.M. \ MlP.M. P. Bi- 
ll oo; 8 45, 5 00:10 00 

P.M.' I 

12 30,10 17, 6 LO U 30, 

! '.\-M. 

11 46' 7 44 1 03 
P.M. I 

12 2,^' 1 42 
2 2.5 



2 31 



3 05 
3 45 



P.M. 
4 50 

6 G2 

7 20 

7 50 



GOING EAST. 



STATIONS. 



M 

Forreston 1 5.5 

Oregon 2 45 

Kochelle 3 30 



Aurora 5 08 8 15 5 23 9 20 

Chicago 6 35 9 30 fi .50 10 30 



6 15 
6 50 



3 15 
,S .50 



7 50 



A.M. 
10 13 
:o 48 
U 48 
P-M 

1 2o 

2 50 



liO' KFORD BRANCH, NORTH - 


STATIONS. 


in 

6 
Z 





No. 13. 
No. 21. 


Ro<:liel!.- 


P.M. 

7 41 

8 3H 


A - M. 

8 Wl 

9 05 


p. M 

2 15 

3 20 


A. M. 
3 00 
6 00 








ROCKFORD BRANCH, SOUTH. 


STATIONS 


X 

Z 


Z 


Z 


i 
Z 


Rockford 

Roohelle, 


A.M. 
8 55 
7 50 


A. M. 

10 20 

11 20 


P. M. 
5 00 
00 


p. M. 

7 05 
9 25 



Trains No. 2. 4, 7 and 9 run daily. Trains No. 
1.3,5.6,8, 10, II, 12 13 and 11 run daily except 
Sunday - 

Trains 4 and 9 do not stop between Uoobelle 
and Aurora, except Sunday. 



J. B. COLCLESSER. 



ROANOKli;, IND-, Breeder and Shipper of 
Purely-bred, Recorded, Poland-China 
Swine. Purchases liave been made of the 
most noted Btoedors of Indiana and Ohio. 
My Breeding Stock is all First-class. Pigs 
for Sale, of both Sex. not akiu- ('orras. 
pondftnce Solinitwl 



FOKMUL.V OF DU P- D. FAHRNKY. 

These Remedies arc sold witii a guar- 
antee that, if they do not prove what we 
claim after the patient u«es one-half of a 
bottle, the monev will l)e refiuuicd l)v 
the agent. 

Who can ask for fairer terms.'' 

The \'ictor Remedies are within the 
reach of every merchant or medicine 
dealer. Tiie easiest way to get them is 
to ask your merchant for tliem. Get 
your friends to ask for tlie \'ictor Rem- 
edies. He may not have them, but fre- 
quent demand will cause him to got 
them. 

Agents wanted every-wherc. 
Address 

\'icTOR Remedie.s Co., 
P. O. Box 534, Frederick, iSId. 

MCE TO HOMS-SSESISS! 

Any one wishing to learn about the 
County and City of McPherson, Kan., 
the place selected as the Location of the 
German Baptist College, will please cor- 
respond with 

BRADLEY & WRIGHT, 
Real Estate Agents, 

McPherson, Kan. 
3i!t25 

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C.B.&q.R.R. 



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follovving cities and towns on its own Lines 

CHICAGO, 

AURORA, OTTAWA, 

STREATOR,ROGKFORD, DUBUQUE, 

LACROSSE, ST. PAUL, MINNEAPOLIS, 

MENDOTA, PEORIA, GALESBURG, ST. LOUIS, 

QUINCY, KEOKUK, BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON, 

OSKALOOSA, DES MOINES, CHARITON, 

CRESTON, ST. JOSEPH, ATCHISON, 

KANSAS CITY, NEBRASKA CITY, 

OMAHA, COUNCIL BLUFFS, 

LINCOLN & DENVER, 

Making Direct Connections 

TO AND FROM 

NEW YORK, 

BALTIMORE, WASHIKSTON, 

CINGIHNATI,PHILADELPHIA,BOSTON, 

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISVILLE, SAN FRANCISCO, 

LOS ANGELES, SALTLAKEGITV, COLORADO AND 

PACIFIC COAST RESORTS, CITY OF MEXIGU, 

PORTLAND, OREGON, MANITOBA, 

VICTORIA AND PUOET SOUND 

POINTS. 



Good Equipment, 

Good Service, 

Good Connection. 



For information concerning the Burlington Route, apply 
to the nearest Ticket Agent of the C, B. & Q. or con- 
necting railroads. 

HPNRYB. STONE, PAUL MORTON, 





"Set for the Defense of the Gospel. 



Entered at the Post-Office at Mt. Morris, 111. 
as Second Class Matter. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 24, 1888. N< 



Vol. 26, Old Series. 



THE eOSPEL MESSENCtER. 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editob, 

And Business Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

In supplying your families with reading for the 
present 3'ear, don't forget the children. The Toung 
Dixiple should be in every family where there are chil- 
dren. It is a nicely-gotten up weekly and costs only 
50 cents a year. 



" No one's life is so sorrowful and wretched as to be 
without a great many mercies for which to thank God ; 
and, taking the whole life into the account, we have 
more mercies than sufferings. And even the suffer- 
ings may all be made spiritual mercies." 



The demand for Hymnals, Hj-mn Books, etc , of 
late, has been unusually large, and as a result our bind- 
ery has been on a push for the last five or six weeks, to 
enable us to fill orders. We are now about on time, 
and hereafter hope to keep a good stock on hand. 



A WISE man has said, " V/hen we look at the faults 
of our neighbors we turn towards them the large end 
of the telescope, and when we look at our own we turn 
the small end." We suppose the wise man was about 
right, as it is evident the same fault in ourselves looks 
much smaller than if we were to see it in others. Let 
us all try to think of this, and it will make us much 
more charitable. 



TiiEOLOGV, say men, is not progressive. This is be- 
cause men do not discriminate between God and a 
knowledge of God. Our knowledgeof God is progres- 
sive, at least it should be. There may be those who have 
found out God and have nothing more to learn. There 
seem to be such. They know itall, and to discover more 
is heresy. There is a possibility of men not knowing 
enough to know that they know nothing. 



Sister C. McF.^rlin, No. 344, Lake Street, Cleve- 
land, Ohio, wishes to be informed of the nearest Breth- 
ren church, and if there are any Brethren living in the 
City, she will be glad to have them give her a call. If 
any members of the church pass through, they are in- 
vited to call upon her. We hope that this request will 
not be overlooked, as all such cases should have atten- 
tion. A great good often grows out of a small begin- 
ning- 

Of late, some of our editorials have been copied in 
the Brethren'' s Evangelist . To this wc have no special 
objections, if the editor sees anything in them worthy 
of publication ; but as our willing is intended for our 
own paper and our own people, and for the elevation 
of our Christian standard, we would feel much obliged 
if imfavorable comments were omitted. We know 
whereof we speak, and our brethren generally under- 
stand us, so that a further explanation on the part of 
the editor and contributors of the Evoiigclist is not 
really necessary. We do not say this in a spirit of un- 
kindness, but mean just whr.t we say. We have no 
disposition to he uncourteous or I0 contend with those 
who honestly differ from us. This is our privilege. 
An honest difference of opinion deserves respect, and 
we are inclined to give it. If our Progressive Breth- 
ren have found more light and can develop more true, 
vital piety, we will thank God for it. But before try- 
ing to tear down and destroy the old and the well-tried, 
set up, beside of it, something better, more loving, 
more humble and Christ-like, and we will be pleased to 
look at it. 



We heard a man say, somewhat boastingly, " I love 
a democratic government, a government that is made 
by the people and for the people." We all, professed- 
ly, love democratic government, but we are not so 
careful about having it near home, — we mean self-gov- 
ernment. This is often go\ erned by self or for self. 
We do not know what kind of a name to give this kind 
of government, as it has often a tendency to vacillate, 
fluctuate, deteriorate, and then not be at all. The last 
condition is the most coinmon, as there are thousands 
that have no government whatever. They are like the 
old philosopher Armenides, " becoming," — they are al- 
ways ready to become something. They are mere 
ciphers — without value or meaning, unless placed to 
the right or left of a figure carr^-ing value. Their gov- 
ernment is not democratic, but accidental. We pity 
the human cipher, and their number is legion. Don't 
be a cipher; be a man, be a woman, he yourself. 



From many of the churches we are informed of 
meetings being held with encouraging results, circum- 
stances considered. While in some respects the winter 
season seems to be the best time for holding special 
meetings, in others it is not, especially in the more 
Northern and Western States. The extreme cold 
weather that we generally have at this time of the 
year, makes it uncomfortable for those who attend, 
and sometimes forms a hinderance to persons deciding 
for a better life. Vet we believe that there is no sea- 
son in the j'ear in which convicted rnd convinced souls 
cannot come to Christ. And while winter does not 
seem to be the most favorable time for making special 
efforts, it is no reason why such efforts should not be 
made. But if they are made with encouraging success 
during the seemingly unfa^•orable season, why not 
make them more abundantly in the season of the year 
that seems more favorable.-' This is a subject that we 
should consider now. And instead of preparing to 
suspend the \\ork when suirimer comes, make prepara- 
tions to go forward in it with renewed energy. 



WHAT TO READ. 



At this time of year everybody is supposed to be 
supplied with their church paper, and the question now 
is. What other papers do I need? It is a very proper 
question for consideration by heads of families and 
those who wish to keep posted on the movings and do- 
ings of the world. 

As for solid reading, for monthlies we recommend 
the Phrenological Journal, published hy Fowler and 
Wells, New York. We have read it for the last twenty 
years, and feel safe in saying that we know of no other 
monthly published that will give its readers more gen- 
eral information. By reading it you are kept posted on 
the scientific developm.ents of the age. 

For general information concerning the doings of 
the religious world, we know of nothing better than 
the New York Observer, a religious weekly published 
in New York City. For general religious news it is 
the best. Send to the publishers for a sample copv. 



THE COMMITTEE. 



The Committee consisting of R. H. jNIiller, B. F. 
Moomaw, D. Long, E. W. Stoner and Jacob F. Oiler, 
appointed by last Annual Meeting to visit some of the 
Eastern churches, and our own among them, came to 
us on Dec. 30. We received them as brethren, and the 
meeting was one of pleasure and profit. The Commit- 
tee manifested a truly Christian spirit, and after becom- 
ing somewhat acquainted with the peculiar circum- 



stances which meet us, they felt, we believe, that we 
were trying to do the best we could. And even those 
who had thought we were not doing as we should, ad- 
mitted that, in Christian piety and gcod works, the 
Huntingdon church is a model church. This, however, 
is more than we claim. But we do claim that we love 
the blessed cause, the Brotherhood, and are laboring to 
promote the cause of pure and unde^iled religion among 
ourselves and as far as our influence goes. That we 
might be better and do better, we humbly admit. We 
hope to profit by the visit of our brethren, and shall 
continue to labor to go forward in the Master's work. 

As far as we heard from, the labors of the Commit- 
tee were commendable, and were accepted by the 
churches \isited. We are glad to know that our bretli- 
ren of larger experience manifest a more charitable 
spirit than those who have Ie«s experience, but think 
they know more. Like Paul, they came in the spirit 
of meekness and love. We felt this, tried to treat 
them as brethren, accepted their advice as brethren, 
and may the blessing of the Lord be with tliem in ever^- 
good work. 

Towards those who thought we needed advice, we 
wish to entertain no unkind feeling. We have our 
shortcomings, they have theirs, and if all exercise the 
Spirit of the Master, no unbrotherly feeling w^ill be en- 
tertained. Forgetting the things behind, we will reach 
forward to the things that are before. We all have 
much to do, right at home, and there is where we 
ought to concentrate our labors, exercise our wisdom, 
and show our goodness. 



TWO GOOD PURPOSES MEET. 



TiiE Lord sometimes touches co-sympathetic hearts 
at the same time and to the same purpose. A few days 
ago we received the following letter from a sister in 
Chicago: 

Dear Brotlier: — 

Enclosed find $1.00 as a present to the B. X. Col- 
lege, hoping that it may not seem too small for a gift. 
I feel sure that m.nny, if not all, of the old students of 
the Normal would be willing to send -fi.oo, each vear, 
asa present, if they would just think of it. Some'mav 
think $1.00 a small sum, but if each one would give 
this much, hov>- much it might do in hefping some 
poor student to get a good education! In this way 
some worthy persons could get a start that could not. 
\vithout such help. Hoping that my mite mav be ac- 
ceptable, I remain. Your humble s'ister, 

Lizzie Rawlixs. 

\<try acceptable, indeed, and the good will makes it 
doubly so. It is a seed from which ^ye hope a good 
and big tree will grow. 

As we were thinking over a plan by which we could 
use the seed dollar to the best advantage, we learned 
that our good and Christian-hearted brother, D. Em- 
mert, had undertaken, on the faith plan, to educate one 
of the young brethren under the care of Bro. Quinlan. 
of Baltimore, and already had received some money 
for this purpose. This was exactly in harmony with 
sister Rawlins' wishes, and an " Education Fund " for 
assisting worthy young men and women to an educa- 
tion was suggested, and into this fund, dear sister, we 
place your dollar. 

The young brother, Charles Fogg, is now with us. 
and, as will be seen in Bro. Emmert's correspondence, 
the fund is fairly started, and it is his faith that it will 
grow to a sufficiency to answer tl;c purpose designed. 
We most cordially second Bro. Emmert's M'ork, and 
feel assured that every dollar donated for that purpose 
will be sacredly placed to the purposeintended. Money 
spent in educating such young men and women will 
produce a rich harvest, and we hope that a fund for 
this purpose ^vill be inaugurated in all of our schools. 



50 



rHE QOSFeL VIKSSKXGKR: 



Jan. 24, 1888. 



ESS-A."^S. 



Scady so s*-ow thyse-f Rprrored unto God; a workman that 

ne^eth coi be a8^8Iue<1. rinhtly airiding the 

Word of Truth." 



CHRIST 



To see the lowly Christ on earih 
Achieve his deeds of priceless worth — 
He treads the \vild< of sin .ind strife. 
To proffer man eternal life. 

He comes not in angelic form 
To awe b_v might, or quell b_v storm, 
Equal with God in heavenly fame. 
B-.'.t in the form of man he came. 

The proud ills humble life ignored, 
And envy murmured at his word, 
Capernaum from her lofty height 
Despised his mien and spurned the ligh;. 

But broken-hearted ones rejoice 
To h.ear the music of his voice, 
He drove the cloud of gloom aM-ay, 
.\:id turned their darkness into day. 

The temple with its charms of old, 
Its mighty stones, and burnished gold. 
Could not attract his humble eye, 
Which pomp must soon in ruin lie. 

Where flows the penitential tear 
This Christ in pity draweth near, 
And 'neath his mercy's balmy wing^ 
An everlasting refuge spring';. 

To see this lowly Nazarene ; 

His wondrous life 'mid joys and paia, 

A servant to the meek and poor, 

He grants them peace, and wealth and pow'r. 

He guards them with his ruthful e^-e, 
And calms their fears when storms are nigh ; 
He dried their tears, and washed their feet. 
And gave them consolation sweet. 

He ate with them an evening meal. 
To bear their faith beyond this vale, 
Beyond the gloom of death's domain 
There, we shall eat with him again. 

He gave to them the bread and wine. 
That Calvary might our souls entwine 
And faith recedes to view the hour, 
\r'\ viewing, gains new life and pow'r. 

G. D. Zolicff. 



FARMER JOHNS TALK. 



One of the editors has told us what he 
thinks about one church having seven preach- 
ers, lu the i:)fopfer season I would like 
mighty well to have seven men help me husk 
corn, espf-cially if they woiild work for noth- 
ing and board themselves, but you may rest 
assured that I would not put all of them to 
work one row. I would expect each one to 
keep up at least two rows, and if thej^did not 
propose to do that, I would .suggest that they 
hunt for pastures new. If they did not hap- 
pen to know how to handle corn I would 
most willingly instruct thern in the art, and 
keep thern on the down row until they un- 
derstood the business thoroughly. 

The real trouble with the church having 
seven roinisters is, that she tries to get them 
all to work on one row, and all put together 
do about as much as ojie man ought to ac- 
complish. They are not only in each other's 
■way, but try to push the work off on to each 
other, and, as a consequence, neither of them 
has enough preaching to do to render him 
anything like skillful in the liandling of the 
Word. 



No man, of even ordinary ability, Avould 
undertake to run a farm in such a careless 
manner, for he never could make a success 
of it, and yet the same unwise policy is very 
strictly observed in the handling of our min- 
isters throughout the Brotherhood, and then 
we wonder why we do not succeed better. I 
have seen as many as seventeen ministers 
behind the table at one communion meeting, 
and only one at work. No wonder men can 
not learn to pi each when you do not put 
them to work, and make them responsible 
for some particular department. It is a 
wonder to me that they preach as well as 
they do. 

I do not profess to know much about 
preaching, nor do I believe that I am as 
good as most of our ministers, yet I am con- 
fident that I could take the seven ministers 
in any congregation, and make good workers 
of at least four-fifths of them. I sometimes 
handle a good many men on the farm, and I 
always make it a rule to haA'e work for every 
man, and see that every man keeps at his 
work and does it right. Now and then I 
take hold and show him how. If I have any 
time left after seeing after my men, I then 
do what work I can myself, but I never do 
all the work and hire seven men to stand and 
look on. 

Were I an elder in charge of a church 
having seven preacher.s, I should do some 
pretty lively looking around and thinking, in 
order to find Avork for each one. I would 
suggest that James take charge of the meet- 
ing at Bine Hill one year, and select one of 
the younger ministers to help. John might 
devote one year to working up an interest 
over the river where there are a couple of 
members, and also select one of the younger 
ministers to aid him. In this way I would 
soon have them all stationed out, so that 
each one would have at least two meetings 
every month, and more if he felt like it. I 
would urge them to stick to their places 
closely, give the work close attention and see 
how much they could accomplish during the 
year. I would labor to get each one to feel 
that he was responsible for the work done at 
his point, and not permit him to depend on 
some one else. In addition to tliose outside 
points we would take our turns, filling the 
regular appointments at the central meeting- 
house, and, perhaps, so arrange it that we 
could all be together at the raeeting-holise 
about once every two or Ih.ree months. 

I would soon liave a number ot good 
preachers around me, to say nothing of the 
small congregations that would be Avorked up. 
If any thing in the world will make a preach- 
er out of a man, the above method would. 
There would then be no complaining about 
too many preachers, and the want of ability, 
etc. 

The elder who has seven preachers under 
his charge is the man to apply the remedy, 
and solve the problem of a X)lui'ality of min- 
isters. But if the elder is careless, and fails 
to keep his men at work, the cause suffers, 
the ministers fail to improve their talents, 
and all the Annual Meetings in a century 
can not remedy the defect. What we need 



just now is a set of elders who are as good 
to keep the younger ministers at work as 
they are to manage their own secular aftairs, 
and the whole apparent difficulty will then 
resolve itself into a blessing. If we will put 
as much good common sense into our preach- 
ing work as we do into oiir farming, the 
cause M'ill succeed amazingl}'. 

Some one is ready to say, "But suppose 
the young preachers would soon get so that 
they could preach better than you." Noth- 
ing would please me better. When one of 
my hired men husks more corn than I do,- 
you will never hear a word of complaint 
from me about it. The more of such men I 
can get, the better it suits me. I do not see 
why we can not exercise the same wisdom 
about the Lord's work. 

Then, when I find a man is not good at a 
certain kind of work, I try to find a place 
where he can work. I have known the 
church to spoil a \ ery good deacon in trying 
to make a preacher of him. When the 
church sees that she has made that kind of a 
mistake, she ought to correct it, and let the 
man be what God made him for— a good 
deacon. If we were as wise about church 
matters as we claim to be about our temporal 
afi"airs, what a grand work the church might 
accomplish! 

LOVE THE BROTHERHOOD. 



BY NO.\H LONGANECKER. 



There are four exhortations, or commands 
given in 1 Pet. 2; 17. Our remarks will be on 
the second, which reads as follows: "Love 
the brotherhood." The apostle here means 
the Christian church,— the association of 
believers in Christ, whose sole object is to 
glorify God, by worshiping and serving him, 
by laboring for the advancement of his cause 
and the salvation of the w^orld. For this the 
association was formed; for this the brother- 
hood was chosen. All that enter into this 
association, to become members of this com- 
mon brotherhood, should so love it even as 
Christ also loved it. The aflinity and love of 
Christ to the bi'otherhood are such that all 
that is done to the one is said to be done to 
the other. Says Christ, " Verily I say unto 
you. Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of 
the least of ray brethren, ye have done it un- 
to me." Again, " Whosoever shall give you 
a cup of water to drink, in my name, because 
ye belong to Christ, verily I say unto you, He 
shall not lose his reward." Saul was not 
aware that he was persecuting Jesus when 
ho was persecuting the brotherhood or 
church. But when ho was converted he 
could say, " God is not unrighteous to forget 
your work and labor of love, which ye have 
shewed toward his name, in that je have 
ministered to the saints, and do minister." 

Every member of the Christian brother- 
hood can say, " We know that we have passed 
from death unto life, because v.e love the 
brethren." We have said that each member 
of the Christian brotherhood should so love 
the brotherhood as Christ also loved it. 
John says: " Hereby perceive we the lovo of 
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and we ought to lay dowu our lives for the 
brethren." 

While we are to love and do good to all 
men, we are especially to do so to the 
household of faith. Husband and wife, par- 
ents and children, brothers and sisters of a 
common family should all have a special 
love and concern for one another. So with 
the different members of the Christian broth- 
erhood. They have all the same spiritual 
Head, which is Christ. Their interests are 
all the same. They are one in Christ. " Self- 
love " is a divine law, written in the books of 
nature and Divine Revelation. We do not 
mean selfishness. The second command 
would have no foundation if there were not 
first, "self-love." "Thou shalt love thy 
neighbor as thyself." "As thyself" is the 
pattern. The common cry against " self-love" 
is not from Christ. Since all the members 
of the brotherhood are one in Christ, their 
interests being the same, it follows that this 
prosperity, happiness, honor, and all good 
of one member is equally so of all the rest. 
Paul, in his wonderful figure of 1 Cor. 12, 
dwells largely on this thought. How grand 
and sublime are his remarks! 

All members, however feeble, are necessa- 
ry. One can not do without the other and 
the mission of the brotherhood be accom- 
plished. " Whether one member suffer, all 
the members suffer with it; or one member 
be honored, all the members rejoice with it." 
Such being the case, how necessary^" that 
there should be no schisms in the body; but 
that the members should have the same care 
one for another." But such can not be un- 
less each member " love the brotherhood." 
The principle is a broad one. It includes all 
" respect of persons." 

Love is the essence of the Christian relig- 
ion. It is the life of the church. The mo- 
ment that an individual member ceases to 
love the brotherhood, his power with God 
and man is lost. His spiritual life is gone. 
" For this cause many are weak and sickly 
among you, and many__sleep," will be as true 
in this case as where Paul applied it. Just 
to the extent in which an individual mem- 
ber loves the church will he have power and 
life within himself, and also in the church. 
He who loves the church loves himself. He 
who seeks the church's good, seeks his own 
good, and vice versa. 

"Awake, thou that sleepest, and arise from 
the dead and Christ shall give you light," is 
applied to all who do not love the brother- 
hood. But let us come to the practical ap- 
plication of oiw text. What is love? Love 
is that which pleases, delights and satisfies. 
That which we love we are pleased with," it 
satisfies us, it delights us, and it makes us 
happy to be with it. The person we love 
truly, we delight to be with. His presence 
makes us happy. We seek his fellowship. 
We study to please him. AYe labor for his 
interest and good. To love the church, or 
brotherhood, implies that we are pleased with 
it. Her ways delight us. AVe vehemently 
desire and reach forth to enjoy her commun- 
ion. We seek diligently to frequent her 
ootirts. We study to please her. We labor 



arduously to enhance her best interest. We 
are anxious to spend and be spent for her 
good. Like the Psalmist, all such will ex- 
claim, " How amiable are thy tabernacles, O 
Lord of hosts! My soul longeth, yea, even 
fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart 
and my flesh crieth out for the living God. 
For a day in thy courts is better than a 
thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in 
the house of my God, than to dwell in the 
tents of wickedness. If I forget thee, O Je- 
rusalem, let my right hand forget her cun- 
ning. If I do not remember thee, let my 
tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth: if I 
prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy." 
Such are the feelings of the soul that loves 
the brotherhood, the church, or Zion. The 
language may seem strong to the unconvert- 
ed, and to such as have a name that they live 
and are dead. " The zeal of thine house hath 
eaten me up," is language applied to Christ; 
and, O how true! His love for the church 
was so strong that it absorbed his all. He 
laid down his life for the brotherhood. So 
should we. " We onght to lay down our 
lives for the brethren," 

There is a great deal written about the 
missionary cause, and like David we might 
ask, "Is there not a cause?" There is a 
cause why all possible talent and lawful 
means should be employed to build up and 
extend Christ's church on earth. The ques- 
tion to be solved is, how can the different 
members of the brotherhood be prevailed on 
to use their talent and means for such a no- 
ble cause? Love for honor may prevail on 
the few, but if we would prevail on the mass, 
we mu»t provoke them to love the chiirch as 
Christ loved it. Some few may enter the 
church for some personal honor, etc., but the 
many must be provoked to love the church 
before they will enter her pales. The mo- 
ment they lose their love for the church they 
cease to labor for her best interest. Then 
they neglect her private and public altars. 
Then they neglect to spend and be spent for 
her welfare. 

He who loves not the church, feels but lit- 
tle in the following direction: " Enlarge the 
place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth 
the curtains of thine habitations; spare not, 
lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy 
stakes." The little knowledge we have 
gained from the Bible, observation and per- 
sonal experience, convinces us, that to have 
faithful members in the Christian church 
they must not fail to love the brotherhood. 

REASONS WHY CHRISTIANS SHOULD 
MEET TOGETHER. 



BY LANDON WEST. 

1. Because it is a commandment from 
heaven. Heb. 10: 25; 1 Cor. 14: 37. 

2. It is here that they meet, not only with 
one another, but also with the Lord. It is 
the only place where he has promised to 
meet with them. By the prophet he says, he 
will look to the man " that is poor and of a 
contrite spirit," but here he says he will be 
in the midst of those who meet in his name, 



even if there are but two or three of; them. 
Isa. 66: 2; Matt. 18: 20. The Word in Eev. 
3: 20 represents the Holy Spirit as knocking 
at the door of the church, waiting to be v.'el- 
comed in, and promising to sup with us and 
that we may sup with him. 

3. It affords them a most excellejit oppor- 
tunity for a happy meeting together, both 
with their Master and also with one another. 
Thus being permitted to associate togeth- 
er, gives a joy to the Christian that is un- 
known to all others. Mark 9: 5; Acts 18: 21; 
1 Pet, 1:8. 

4. To meet with and instruct those who 
are not yet members of the body gives not 
only a meeting for enjoyment end encour- 
agement, but also of usefulness and the im- 
provement of every talent. Psa. 84: 10; 122: 
1; 1 Cor. 14: 24, 25. 

5. The associations are both pleasant and 
profitable, and the results, morally, sociallj-, 
and religiously, are both important and last- 
ing. Eph. 2: 6, 7; 19: 22; Psa. 37: 3, 9. 

6. The lessons learned by meeting togeth- 
er, pertain not only to this world and life, 
but also to the world and life to come, and 
can be learned in no other way than by com- 
ing together in the fear of God. Mark 9:5; 
Luke 22: 19; John 13: 4, 17; Acts 20: 36, 38. 

7. There are services to be rendered and 
blessings to be obtained at the time and place 
of public worship, which are to be secured in 
no other way. There must be a meeting to- 
gether even if there be but few to perform 
the ordinances. In them the}' share the 
richest blessings, — the example and presence 
of the Lord himself. John 6: 53; 1 Cor 10: 
16;11:33, 34; James5: 14, 15. 

8. There being one day in seven set spart 
for a suspension of business, and also for the 
exercise of worship, that time can in no way 
be so well spent as in the worship of God, 
and, if circumstances will permit, this is by 
far the best use that can possibly be made of 
the day. 

9. The fruits of the meetings for worship, 
are always good to those who meet in his 
name, for they can not be otherwise; hence 
these are the very best objects for which a 
meeting can be called. Nothing can com- 
pare with worship in character, object, or re- 
sults. 1, Tim. 4:8. 

10. To neglect to attend worship is to man- 
ifest darkness rather than light to the world, 
and to discourage and sometimes to prevent 
the attendance of others v/ho verj^ m>uch de- 
sire and try to go to secure its blessings. 

11. Promptness in attending worship is a 
good indication of spiritual life and growth; 
while a negligence of this duty is a sure in- 
dication of lukewarmness and spiritual death. 
The meetings for v\'orship are the times and 
places, where the workers in the vineyard 
meet to be fed, and when thej' do not come 
to the board, it is evident they do not hunger 
for the food, and that they are not at the 
work, for labor always begets appetite. 
Those who are really hungry for food will 
always make their wants known. Matt, o: 6. 

12. Worship allows us, for a time, associa- 
tions in heavenly places, with holy associates 
and in sacred services. Such associations in 



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suob places aud such compauy can not be 
had in any other service. It is tlie bleudiug 
of the two worlds together. See the lesson 
of the Trausfiguration. 1 Cov. 11: 4, 10: Eph. 
•2: t\ 10. 

lo. Meetings for worship do rpuch to edu- 
cate the people of this world for the society 
and enjoyment of a world to come. Those 
who delight in hearing of Jesus andinprais 



At the end of the AVildernes!^ wanderings, 
Moses loaves his kindred aud Jiis people at 
the command of God, and alone ascends 
Mount Pisgah, to behold " the good land that 
is beyontl Jordan, that goodly mountain, and 
Lebanon," Avhich teaches us that at the end 
of life's pilgrimage we, too, must part com- 
pany with all earthly ties, and, however 



bright the prospect of heaven may be to our 
ing his name here on earth, will, most assur- \ enraptured vision, we must die in the land of 
edly, be enraptured at seeing his face and om- wanderings, with the waves of the Jor- 
hearing his voice in the world above. Eev. 



1:10,17. 

The man at the marriage without the wed- 
ding garment was in misery, all because of 
his negligence, and so it must be witli those 
who seek not the service of God here. It can 
not be a heaven to them, were they to reach 
it. Why should any one want to go to heav- 
en, v\]ien they shun its service here? Let all 
find their place and part in the service of 
God! ^ ^ 

MOSES AND THE THREE MOUNTAINS:- 
SINAI. PISGAH AND TABOR. 



BY DANIEL HAYS. 

There are three mountains in Holy "Writ 
with which the name of Moses is intimately 
associated. The first is Mount Sinai, upon 
the sacred top of which Moses ascended to re- 
ceive the Law from the hand of God. 

The second is Mount Pisgah, from the lofty 
height of which Moses viewed the Promised 
Land, and where he died, and beyond which 
he was buried in the land of Moab, by the 
Angel of God, " and no man knoweth of his 
sepulchre to this day." 

AVe come down the centuries, and a Great- 
er than Moses ascends Mount Tabor, with 
his three friends, and is transfigured before 
them : his face shines as the sun, and his rai- 
ment is white as the light. " And, behold, 
there appeared unto them Moses and Elias 
talking with him." Matt. 17: o. 

Here, on the Mount of Trausfiguration, is 
the most remarkable scene, and a gathering 
of the most distinguished personages of any 
on record in the Bible. Here is the Son 
of God transfigured in the presence of 
liis disciples, n visible representation 
of the glory and power of the kingdom of 
God. Here appear two from the spirit land, 
— Moses, whose body remained buried be- 
yond Jordan, in the land of Moab, and EliaB, 
who, centuries before, went up into heaven 
in a chariot of fire and horses of fire, — the 
one dying a natural death, the other having 
been translated to heaven. Both now ap- 
pear in the presence of three in the flesh, — 
Peter, James and John,— who not only see 
Moses and Elias, but also hear them talking 
with Jesus. '' And, behold, there talked with 
him two men, wliich were Moses and Elias: 
who appeared in glory, and spake of Jiis de- 
cease which he should accomplish at Jerusa- 
lem." Luke 0: 30, 31. 

Each of these sacred mounts has a lesson 
for humanity. Mount Sinai illustrates the 
terrors of the Law, and teaches the justice 
and judgment of God. 



dan of death rolling between us and the 
heavenly Canaan that we so ardently love. 

"What means this dark, mysterious Jordan 
that separates us from the Canaan that we 
love? "We die and pass away from the sight 
of our friends, and where are we? We pine 
away in sadness and sorrow, with the gloom 
of death hanging over us, and wish we 
were an Enoch that " walked with God," or 
an Elijah that ascended to heaven in a flam- 
ing chariot. What is death? What is it to 
be translated? 

Thank God for the lesson of the transfigu- 
ration on Mount Tabor! Moses who had 
died centuries before, and whose body re- 
posed in the land of Moab, appears with Eli- 
as who had been translated; both of them 
were seen and recognized by men in the flesh; 
both of them engaged in talking with Jesus, 
also in the flesh. Moses, who died on Pis- 
gah's top, was Moses still, appearing now on 
Mount Tabor in spirit, it is true, but " in 
glory," and possessing the faculty of speech, 
conversing on the great central subject of 
the Christian religion — the death of Christ 
on the cross. Elias, who went up to heaven 
in a chariot of tire was in appearance as Mo- 
ses. The three disciples saw them as being 
" two men," yet possessing all the character- 
istics of individuality. Moses was Moses, 
and no one else; Elias was Elias and not an- 
other. 

Death, then, does not destroy personality, 
individuality, consciousness, nor mental fac- 
ulties, any more than translation does. In 
reality neither one does. Peter commenting 
on this remarkable occurrence on Mount Ta- 
bor, says, " For we have not followed cun- 
ningly devised fables, when we made known 
unto you the power and coming of our Lord 
Jesus Christ, but were eyewitnesses of his 
majesty. For he received from God the Fa- 
ther honor and glory, wlieu tliere came such 
a voice to him from the excellent glory. This 
is my Ijeloved Sou, in whom I am well 
pleased. And this voice which came from 
heaven we heard, when we were with him in 
the holy mount." 2 Pet. 1: 10-18. Then the 
transfiguration was a reality. Christ, the 
three disciples, the cloud, the glory, the voice 
from heaven, the Mount itself, — all are 
solid realities. Why not Moses and Elias 
realities? Then give them the faculty of 
living, conscious individuality. God is not 
the God of the dead, l;ut of the living. 

Let the lesson on the Mount of Transfigu- 
ration, then, settle forever the fact of man's 
conscious existence beyond the grave. Mo- 
j ses' feet no more surely rested on Sinai's top 
and Pisgah's hight, than, in his conscious in- 
' dividuality, he appeared in glory on the 



"holy mount." We are born spirits, and are 
as truly the sons of God by creation as Adam 
"was the son of God." 

But the presence of Moses and Elias fades 
into insignificance in the presence of the Son 
of God. When Peter proposed to build 
three tabernacles in the Mount, to do equal 
honor to Moses and Elias as to Christ, a 
bright cloud overshadowed them, and, " Be- 
hold a voice out of the cloud which said. This 
is my beloved Son in whom I am well pleased ; 
hear ye him." They now understand that 
there is to be but one tabernacle, but one 
system of worship, aud that Jesus only 
teaches the way of salvation. " He that be- 
lieveth on the Son hath everlasting life: and 
he that believeth not the Son, shall not see 
life; but the wrath of God abideth on him." 

COMMUNION AGAIN. 



BY W. H. BOOSE. 



Such is the title of an editorial in the Free 
Bapiisi, for Sept. 14, 1887. I have received 
several numbers of this paper, but none were 
sufticiently incorrect to provoke a reply. It 
seems Mr. Marshall, its editor, wrote on the 
subject of communion in a former number, 
and was prompted to write the article allud- 
ed to in the title, by "Two Big Straws," as 
he calls them. 

Some time ago /Ao)is Advocate extended 
the Free Baptists an invitation to come over 
and help the two denominations " merge into 
one," whereupon the Star asked whether or 
no they could bring " saints' communion " 
with them. In answer to this the Advocate 
is reported as saying some mean things. 
Then the Independent praises the Advocate 
because the principle of charity overspread 
it. The Advocate then informs the Inde- 
pendent i\\Ki "it had not fallen from tlie 
grace of sectarian communion." 

The Free Baptist calls this " sectarian 
communion " unchristian, etc. I have stud- 
ied the subject carefully, and can come to no 
other conclusion than that the opposite prac- 
tice is not Christ-like. There are several 
passages in the New Testament where cer- 
tain characters are denied the benefits of the 
Lord's Supper and the communion. Paul 
tells us to examine ourselves. Why? To see 
I whether we be in the faith —tiie faith once 
j delivered unto the saints. This faith—if 
\ faith be an essential qualification to these 
: ordinances— was, undoubtedly, what Paul 
j meant. Here were some who had not this 
I faith in the Apostolic church, - who crept in 
I unawares, spoke lying hypocrisies, explained 
I away the Word of the Lord, and taught non- 
i essentialism, etc. Jude denominates them 
: spots. They Avere not "unspotted " ones. 
Then, again, Ave have another example of 
one who " had not fallen from the grace of 
sectarian communion," as recorded in Jolui 
1'!: 8. Eleven of the disciples seemed to 
have the same idea of their duties to God 
that Christ had, and they were })ot molested 
in the communion. But Peter had no other 
thought than that he could enjoy participa- 
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non-essentialism was lurking in his heart. 
Christ had an unqualified faith and a perfect 
right to eat of the Lord's Supper and par- 
take of the emblems, while Peter's faith was 
limited and had not a right to do so. What 
Christ would have said to Peter had he gone 
and shortened these ordinances to the^ loaf 
and cup is not in question, but has any one a 
riglit, taking Christ for example, to admit 
those who differ in faith and practice ? Christ 
believed, but Peter did not. When Peter 
was converted to the same faith that Christ 
had, then he had a right to all the blessings 
of the church that those of " like precious 
faith " had, and not before. No church or- 
ganization has any authority delegated to it 
that Christ did not delegate to it. That was 
Christ's manner of dealing with those who 
are not of " the same faith and order," and 
he never changed the principle nor recalled 
the verdict. 

This refusal to let drop the principle of 
close communion, Mr. Marshall calls, " One 
Big Straw," and the other big straw that 
blows in its face is an article in the Baptist 
Quarterly Review from the pen of Dr. 
Boardman, wherein he accepts Dr. Carson's 
views, that if we should not allow one to eat 
with us who is not a Christian, we should not 
refuse those who are. Mr. Boardman says 
that " the formal qualification for the Lord's 
Supper is Christian baptism," but "we 
should not base it on the ground of a divine 
declaration or a ' Thus saith the Lord.' The 
fact is, there is a great deal of unconsciously 
assumptive, magisterial talk about this mat- 
ter. For example, it is assumed that all the 
apostles had been baptized before they par- 
took of the Lord's Supper; quite likely they 
had been, but there is no proof of it. Beware 
of confounding human assumption and divine 
deliverance." Then he goes farther and 
says, "It is assumed that John's baptism was 
Christian baptism, but John said nothing 
about baptism in the name of the Trinity, or 
into the death and resurrection of Jesus. 
Christian baptism was not instituted before, 
and could not have been understood by the 
, apostles as symbolizing the death and resur- 
rection of Christ till he died and was risen 
again. Paul also rebaptized the Ephesian 
disciples. Lastly, " If there is a ' Thus saith 
the Lord ' for requiring baptism as a qualifi- 
cation for communion, we demand that the 
chapter and verse be shown us." 

We might remark, there are many other 
things pertaining to Baptist doctrine that are 
"unconsciously-assumed, magisterial talk." 
It has been the wish of many ministers 
since Whitefield made a failure of open com- 
munion, in Virginia, to practice the same, 
yet the majority do not wish to fall " from 
the grace of sectarian communion." There 
would be no cause for surprise if another 
generation should find them all fallen. But, 
if there is merely assumption in teaching 
baptism to be a necessary qualification for 
the communion, there is equally as much in 
teaching that faith in God, in the meritorious 
works of Christ, and in the sanctifying influ- 
ences of the Holy Spirit and penitence, are 
spiritual qualifications for communion. Dr. 



Carson's declaration that " it is wrong to re- 
ceive those who are not the Lord's," is not a 
wrong one. Will any Baptist volunteer to 
show me the chapter and verse that demands 
faith and repentance, if I will agree to show 
him the chapter and verse where baptism is 
a prerequisite? We most heartily agree with 
Dr. Boardman concerning John's baptism. 
If John did not baptize into each particular 
name of the Trinity, it was not Christian 
baptism. This is the only way we can be 
baptized into the Trinity. 

We ask Dr. Boardman, or any who are 
desirous of having their own opinion in this 
matter, whether it is not dangerous to take 
this position in points of doctrine? Paul 
said, " Greet one another with a holy kiss." 
A Baptist asked me whether a shake of the 
hand was as good? I replied that, probably, 
in the opinion of some, the waters of Pharpar 
and Abana v.'ere just as efficacious as those 
of Jordan. 

It is always safe to follow Christ and the 
apostles, and to give Dr. Boardman all his 
arguments are worth. If there were no 
church in the strict, ecclesiastical, technical 
sense of the term until after Pentecost, then 
the Pharisees, Sadducees, and other Jews had 
equal chance with the disciples, and were en- 
titled to equal privileges as far as their 
scriptural qualifications for communion were 
concerned. Nevertheless we have no record 
that they did partake with Christ and the 
disciples. We would like to have our Bap- 
tist friends to come and tell us why they did 
not. One of us is wandering a little and 
ought to be straightened. Matt. 7: 13, 14. 

HOW TO USE THE TONGUE, 



BY GEORGE WORST. 



God has blessed us with a little member, 
called the tongue, and it is of great use to us. 
It is one of the most important members of 
the body. God has very curiously construct- 
ed the human body, connecting so many par- 
ticles together that, when finished, it is a 
complete man, made in the image of God. 
Man is the noblest creature. Being of a 
higher order of intelligence, he becomes ac- 
countable to his Creator. While the lower 
order of God's creation is moved by in- 
stinct, man is moved by reasoning powers, 
with intelligence far above the lower order. 
God has given him the power of speech and 
a tongue to articulate sound intelligently to 
his fellow-men, and also glorify God, his 
Creator, with that little member in his 
mouth, called the tongue. It is a member of 
such peculiar make-up that there is none in 
the body like it. 

Now in the illustration that James gives, 
to show the power of the tongue, he illus- 
trates it in this way, " We put bits in horses' 
mouths that they may obey us. We put 
small helms to large boats to govern or guide 
them where we wish. Now if we can bridle 
our tongue we have come some distance to- 
ward being a perfect man." But the apostle 
further says, " Even so the tongue is a little 
member and boasteth great things. Behold, 
how great a matter a little fire kindlethj and 



the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity and 
can defile the whole body." Although one 
of the smallest members of the body, yet it 
can do the body more harm in the same time 
than any other member of the body. 

Again, the tongue, when rightly used, Avill 
be of the greatest use to the body and also to 
the soul. The apostle says, " Beasts of all 
kinds, and birds, and even serpents and fishr- 
es of the sea have been tamed by man, but 
the tongue can no man tame. It is an unruly 
evil, full of deadly poison. It is found to be 
engaged in blessing God and cursing man 
who is made in the similitude of God." Now 
how can any other member of the body do 
this? Cursing and blessing ought not pro- 
ceed out of the same mouth, — no more than 
sweet and bitter water should come from the 
same fountain. A fig-tree can not bear olives. 
Everything after its kind, was the design of 
God. When he placed the tongue in man's 
mouth, his design was that it should be em- 
ployed in the praise of its Creator. 

Any man who is endued with knoAvledge, 
with respect to himself, and regard to his 
God, will show by his conversation and works 
that he has made the right use of the tongue. 
He who has envy in his heart and malice on 
his tongue is very likely to quarrel with his 
neighbor, using that important member in a 
way that was not the design of God, clear- 
ly showing that it is earthly, sensual, dev- 
ilish. It causes confusion and strife among 
neighbors, in families, in churches, and often 
in nations, causing bloodshed, ruin and fam- 
ine, and last but not least, eternal torment in 
the regions of despair, only because the 
tongue can not be bridled. 

When the tongue is rightly used, O what 
joy, what comfort, what love and good will is 
seen in the family, in the church, and in the 
whole community! Everybody speaks well 
of his neighbor, the associations are lovely 
and all unite in praising God. If we make 
the right use of our tongue and by that, bri- 
dle the whole body, we will surely work out 
our soul's salvation, and not only ours, but 
will lay a good foundation for others who sit 
in darkness. The tongue is given to us to 
communicate thoughts one to another, and is 
the means by which Ave reach each other's 
sympathies, and tell each other of the good- 
ness of God and the eternal life Avhich he has 
promised in his Word to the faithful. 

The tongue is one of the good gifts given 
to us. Let us all try to make good use of that 
unruly member. Let us try to keep it bridled 
and under control, so it Avill not bring both 
soul and body to destruction. God has em- 
phatically declared that he Avill destroy the 
wicked who profane his name, and who live 
ungodly, and even those Avho neglect to obey. 
Those, hoAveA^er,,Avho employ their tongues in 
praising God, train their lips that they speak 
no guile and their feet that they always Avalk 
in the path of peace. 

Kind reader, I appeal to your good judg- 
ment, I appeal to your intelligence, — will 
you employ your tongue in praising God 
from this time forAvard to the end of your 
life? If so, you will find favor with God and 
reap the reward, Avhich is eternal life. 



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THE; (^OSF'EL A/TE^SKNOKR. 



Jan. 24, 1888. 



Z^rorriL tltue IF^ield.. 



Mission to Frederick. Va. 



^ViiEN I last wrote I was en roiiic to Fred- 
erick City to assist tlie Brethren in a series 
of meetings. I stopped on the way at Bridge- 
water, Eookiugham county, to see the friends 
and Brethren, and a sou and daughter at the 
Virginia Normal. The school is in a pros- 
perous condition, having the highest matric- 
ulation, by 33 per cent, of any previous year. 
The students seem to be pleased with the 
management of things and are evidently 
making line progress in their studies. With 
the favor of Providence, the Virginia Nor- 
mal is destined to be a prosperous institu- 
tion, and will become a potent factor in the 
success of the cause of practical religion in 
Virginia, The cause of higher mental cult- 
ure has been somewhat neglected by the 
church heretofore, and, in consequence, our 
doctrine has lacked the proper dissemina- 
tion in towns and cities, which, in apostolic 
times, were the centers of missionary opera- 
tions. This fact cannot be gainsaid, and to 
our lack of mental training we "justly charge 
oui' disinclination to preach to educated con- 
gi-egations, such as are found in cities. 

I reached Stephen'^- City, in Frederick Co., 
on the evening of Dec. 9, and was met at the 
station by a son of Eld. Daniel Baker, who 
conveyed me to the hospitable home of Bro. 
Daniel. At 7 o'clock I met the congrega- 
tion at Salem meeting-house for worship,' 
and our meetings were opened with fair 
prospects of success. The people devoutly 
attended to the ministration of the Word, 
while the parable of the husbandman who 
let out his vineyard was expounded. The 
meetings continued nightly till Dec. 18, with 
varying congregations and fluctuating inter- 
est Sometimes it appeared that some were 
"almost persuaded," and sometimes they ap- 
peared to tremble as they would catch 
glimpses of " a judgment to come," but they 
let the devil, and the rocks, and birds, and 
thorns of the parable get the better of their 
Qftod sense, and chose to worship the gods of 
this world rather than to take refuge under 
the wings of the God of Israel. As a direct 
result of the meetings, one announced his 
purpose to "suffer affliction with the people 
of God rather than to enjoy the pleasures of 
sin for a season." 

The Brethren of that congregation have 
large fajnilies of children who should be in 
the church, but they seem to be deeply in 
love Arith this gay and wicked world. They 
seemingly prefer to reject the counsel of 
God, and barter their birthright to the eternal 
mansions for the baubhts and gewgaws of 
the world, — poor pottage, for which to give 
an immortal soul I I pray that they may re- 
consider and choose "that good part" before 
death closes the "happy gates of gospel 
grace." The Brethren there know how to 
be "given to hospitality," as our sumptuous 
entertainment abundantly testified. As to 
the loving ministrations of those of the Fa- 
ther's household, I could have wished the 
visit longer. 



On the evening of the 19th I was brought 
on my homeward way as far south as Bro. 
Wm. Spiggle's, a young minister of the Sa- 
lem congregation, and tarried with him till 
the '20th. His house, so worthily presided 
over by sister Fannie, his faithful yoke- 
fellow, is a peaceful resting place for the 
weary soul. 

On' the 20th Bro. Will brought me into 
the Shenandoah congregation, where I 
wrought for the Lord's cause last February. 
I had the pleasure of meeting most of the 
converts who began their pilgrimage during 
that meeting. They seem to be happy in 
the Master's service. 

On the evening of Dec. 21, I retui'ued as 
far south as Bridgewater, and remained with 
the church there till the 23rd. I was much 
pleased to meet Bro. Michael Flory, of In- 
diana, and heard from him some vigorous 
sermons, which were quite refreshing. Bro. 
Flory preaches very much like a man who be- 
lieves in the message he delivers. 

On the evening of the 2ord, Bro. Samuel 
Miller brought me to the railroad station, 
and by 8 o'clock I was at my brother's, B. C. 
Moomaw, in Rockbridge county, sixty miles 
south of Bridgewatei. I had to wait two 
hours for the south-bound train on the Shen- 
andoah Valley E. E., but we put in the time 
talking over school and church matters. 

It was our opinion that there must be a 
general awakening among the Brethren all 
along the line, both in educational and min- 
isterial work, before we take the kiugdoms 
of the world for Christ, if such an object is 
attainable. 

At 12 o'clock I reached Eoanoke City, and 
Dec. 24 I came home, three miles north of 
the city, and happily found all the family 
well. For all of the enjoyments of the tour 
I rendef' devout thanks to our heavenly Fa- 
ther and his faithful servants! 

D. C. MoOMAW. 



From Stuttgart, Arkansas. 



As I am still receiving a great many let- 
ters asking questions about Arkansas, I will 
give a brief description of the country. 

CHURCH AND CHURCH WORK. 

There are only nine members here, and 
two in St. Francis county. We have not or- 
ganized yet, but will as soon as it will seem 
prudent to do so. We have been expecting 
some members to move here and help build 
up the church, and we think some will be 
here before long. The people here are quite 
sociable, but do not seem very much inter- 
ested in gospel p»reaching, but if you get up 
some kind of a festival or concert, then you 
wake them up and they are there. It is 
qirite common to see members of the popu- 
lar denominations in groufjs around their 
checker boards, playing checkers. Ask 
them to come to meeting or Bible class, and 
they generally have a bad cold, or don't like 
to go out at night. They seem to think they 
can be saved whether they ob'ey the gospel 
or not, — just as well without obedience as 
with it. 



We want some good substantial brethren 
and sisters to come here and live out the 
doctrine of Christ. Then it will have some 
efifect, — " as a light that shiueth in a dark 
place," until " the day dawn and the Day 
Star arises in their hearts." 

LAND. 

Land is yet cheap. Prairie or timber 
land ranges from $3 to $5 per acre. Here, 
on Grand Prairie, the land is not so rich and 
productive as in Northern Illinois. On the 
bottoms, and in some of the timber laud, the 
soil is rich. 

WATER. 

Water is nice and clear. It lays in sheet 
veins; first vein from 40 to 50 feet deep; sec- 
ond vein from 90 to 120 feet. To the first 
vein they dig or bore; to the second they 
drive pipes. They never fail to get plenty 
of water, though it is not so cold as water 
north. 

HEALTH. 

' Since we have been here, the general 
health has been good. There are occasion- 
ally some bilious diseases here, but throat 
and lung diseases are not prevalent unless 
brought from elsewhere. Consumption, ca- 
tarrh, asthma and such diseases never origi- 
nate here, and are generally bettered by com- 
ing here, if taken in time. Little, if any, 
croup or diptheria is found among children, 
as I was told by a doctor. 

CLIMATE. 
Compared with Northern Illinois, the cli- 
mate is mild. Last winter on the coldest 
morning the thermometer registered sis de- 
grees above zero. This winter, so far, the 
coldest morning was fifteen degrees above. 
Yesterday we had no need of fire, the ther- 
mometer being up to about seventy. Chang- 
es of temperature we have, but these chang- 
es are not so severe as farther north. We 
have but little snow in winter, and conse- 
quently more rain. The water lays more on 
top of the ground than north, as the subsoil 
consists of a hard-joint clay, through which 
the water passes more slowly than through 
our more open subsoil north, yet it goes off 
slowly, and when the rains cease, it is soon 
gone. The soil is a yellow loam, and the 
mud does not get so deep as in the North. 

FRUIT. 

This will be a good fruit country, if trees 
are planted and properly cared for. 

VEGETABLES. 

I am told that vegetables generally do 
pretty well, especially early vegetables, but 
some do better north than here, while for 
others this country seems preferable. 

CROPS. 
The principal crops are, cotton (which is 
still King of the South), corn, oats, sweet 
potatoes (very fine), Irish potatoes (not so 
good), the field pea (a profitable crop), sor- 
ghum, millet, etc. Prairie grass grows fine, 
and yields from one to two tons of hay per 
acre. If baled and delivered at depot, it is 
vv^orth from $5 to $7 per ton. At present it 
is the most profitable business connected 
with farming. 



Jan. 24, 1888. 



TMM GOSPEL MESSKK 



t<L. 



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STOCK RAISING. 

There is plenty of range for stock. You 
can get all the hay you want to feed, for the 
cutting. The winters are not long, and, con- 
sequently, you do Bot have so long to feed in 
winter. 

PRICES OP PRODUCE. 

Corn is worth from 50 to 60 cents per 
bushel, but does not yield as much to the 
acre as North. Oats is worth 40 to 45 cents, 
sweet potatoes about 50 to 60 cents per bush- 
el; Irish potatoes, $1.00 to $1.25; onions, 5 
cents per pound. Groceries and dry goods 
range about as they do North. Of course, 
all these things are subject to changes and 
variations. 

I have now given you the main things of 
the country that I thought you would like to 
know, and while I woul'd like to see some 
brethren and sisters come here and help 
build up the church, I do not want them to 
come through any undue praise of the coun- 
try, and then be dissatisfied. My coimsel is, 
Come and see for yourselves. 

. STUTTGART 

is in Arkansas county, on the St. Louis, Ar- 
kansas & Texas B. E., running from Cairo, 
111., to Texarkana, Texas. It is about mid- 
way between Brinkley and Pine Bluff, and a 
nice little town. We have no saloon, and we 
do not want any. At present the town is 
building up fast. The country is settling 
with people from the North, and whether 
the Brethren come or not, the country is fill- 
ing up. 

Now, Brethren and friends, as far as land 
and country is concerned, make a note of 
this for reference. As I am not in the land 
business, when you wish to know more about 
* the land, address Mr. T. H. Leslie, of Stutt- 
gart, Ark., with stamp. He is a land agent. 
If you wish to know anything about mission- 
ary work, or want to come here to preach, or 
help build up the church, I will try to an- 
swer all such letters. A few letters I can 
attend to, but when it comes to answering 
from one to three letters per day, and furnish 
time, paper and stamps, it is too much for 
me. Jas. B. Gish. 



iug every two weeks, adding new members 
at every meeting. During the winter Bro. 
Joseph Spitzer held two series of meetings, 
taking many more into the fold. 

We have held three communions here, — 
the first one in the school-house, in October 
following the organization of the church. 
Being at great inconvenience at the school- 
house, the members resolved to raise means 
for the building of a church. The work Avent 
on gradually until spring, when we conclud- 
ed to commence building. 

Our second communion was held last June, 
under a tent, but that method did not meet 
with much favor. This xirged the members 
to still greater exertions, and our house was 
commenced at once. By the time that No- 
vember 25, 1887, had rolled around, we had 
the house all finished and everything ready, 
and, according to previous announcements, 
the house was dedicated to the service of 
God. . 

The same evening we held our third feast. 
We had a most enjoyable time, although the 
weather was bad, being very rainy. There 
were about 150 communicants, and probably 
the same number of spectators. 

Bro. Joseph Spitzer preached the dedica- 
tory sermon, and Bro. George Stump, of Pal- 
estine, Ohio, olSciated at the communion 
services. After the feast, Bro. Spitzer con- 
ducted a meeting for us, for two weeks. He 
handles the Word of God with ease and alac- 
rity, " hewing to the line, letting the chips 
fall where they may." During the last week 
three more were added to the church. Bro. 
Spitzer had to go to other fields of labor, 
leaving many more hungering for the pure 
Word of God. After the communion, Bro. 
Levi Winklebleck and Bro. John Bogers 
were advanced to the second degree of the 
ministry. John Groves. 



Sketch of the Hartford Church, Ind. 



In 1885 there were probably about ten or 
twelve members of the Brethren church in 
this vicinity, holding their membershij) in 
the Massiseinewa church, some ten miles 
away. By the united efforts of these, Bro. 
Samuel Younts was induced to commence a 
series of meetings, three miles west of Hart- 
ford City, in a school-house. The meeting 
commenced Dec. 24, 1885, closing with thir- 
teen additions. About March 22, Bro. I. J. 
Bosenberger commenced a meeting in the 
same place, and in the two weeks baptized 
seventeen persons. His work had been so 
well done, that many more felt the need of a 
Savior, and the work went on gradually un- 
der the care of Bro. Samuel Younts, until 
July 10, 1886, when the church was organized. 
Bro. Samuel Y'^ounts was chosen elder, mid 
at the same time two deacons were elected. 
From this time until winter we had preach- 



Co., Tenn., which leaves only five members 
here. If any of the Brethren are traveling 
through this country, we would be glad to 
have them stop, and see us. May - God's 
grace be with us all, and teach us to do those 
things that are well pleasing in his sight! 

Amos Leedy. 



From French Broad Church, Tenn. 



Brethren C. H. Diehl and C. Bashor, of 
Washington Co., Tenn., came to our place 
Dec. 26, and preached twelve sermons. The 
people paid good attention to the preaching 
of the Word. Good impressions were made 
and five precious souls were made willing to 
forsake sin and join in with the people of 
God. May God bless those young babes in 
Christ and help them to withstand all the 
scoffs and scorns of the wicked one. Dec. 31 
the brethren and sisters met to hold a church 
meeting. We held an election for one min- 
ister and two deacons. The lot fell on Bro. 
Satterfield for minister and brethren S. Y. 
Thompson and J. D. Bashor for deacons. 
Bro. Emmanuel Newcomer was advanced to 
the eldership. The meeting passed off pleas- 
antly. No one seemed to be offended at any 
thing that was said or done. Surely, the 
Lord was with us that day! 

We feel that there are others here who are 
meditating upon their soul's salvation. We 
have thirty- six members at this place. They 
all seem to be in love and union with one an- 
other. Brethren Diehl and Bashor staried 
for home Jan. 2. May God bless these 
brethren in their labors! Eva Bashor. 



From Bristolvilie Church, Ohio. 



From Charles Creek Church, Warren Co., Tenn. 



Our meeting commenced Dec. 1. Eld, G. 
C. Bowman labored faithfully for us. We 
hope the seed sown by God's faithful serv- 
ants will bring forth much fruit in the near 
future. Bro. Bowman preached fourteen 
sermons in all, and did not shun to declare 
the whole counsel of God. Saints were 
made to rejoice, and sinners to tremble. 
Our love-feast was held Dec. 6. Only nine 
members surrounded the Lord's table. Quite 
a number of spectators were present, who 
gave strict attention. This was a commun- 
ion meeting which will long be remembered. 

Bro. Blickenstaff', wife and daughter were 
with us. All are members of the church. 
We were truly glad to have them come. 
Five members united with us by letter. 
They live a distance of a hundred miles or 
more. Bro. J. A. Bichardson requested to 
be anointed v/ith oil in the name of the Lord, 
and Eld. Bowman attended to it. Three 
ministers were advanced to the second de- 
gree. May the warm affections and tears 
that were manifested during their install- 
ment exercises give them courage to press 
onward in their calling. Bro. Blicken- 
staff, wife and daughter left for Lawrence 



Israel's faithful few at this place were 
comforted, encouraged and instructed by a 
short series of meetings conducted by Eld. 
William Murray, of Ashland, Ohio. Bro. 
Murray came to us Nov. 19, and remained 
until the 25th, preaching every evening. On 
Thanksgiving Day we met for public wor- 
ship, and were much encouraged and admon- 
ished from the words, " Set your affections 
on things above; not on things on the earth." 
Only a small number met there in our sanct- 
uary, but we were made to feel that not only 
in large assemblies are spiritual blessings 
bestowed, but the Master's presence is also 
where the few are gathered together in his 
name. This we were made to realize when 
Bro. Murray addressed us with so many 
soul-cheering words, admonishing us to press 
onward and upward toward the mark of the 
prize of our high calling. 

In the evening we met again to engage in 
the solemn duty of commemorating the suf- 
fering and death of our Savior. This little 
flock here had been deprived, for several 
years, of being united around the Lord's ta- 
ble, hence had a longing desire to be seated 
around the sacred board once more. Our 
meeting was truly a feast to the soul. To 
Bro. Murray we extend our heartfelt thanks 
for so cheerfully and willingly conducting 
our love-feast and meeting. May the Lord 
reward the dear aged brother for his labors 
of love ! M. Stroji. 



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THE GOSPHlv .VIBSSBUXOKR 



Jaii. 24, 1888. 



£lie §05iiel Messenger. 

Published AVeeklv b_v ihe Brethren's Publishing Co., 
at $1.50 per annum. 



JAMES QUINTER. ....... Editor. 

O. L. MILLEK. Office Editor. 

JOSEFH AJUCK, 
Ha5ine>&s ilacagerof Western House, Mt. Morris, 111. 

J. B. DRCMBAUGH. J. G. KOVEU, - Associate Editors 

.VDVISOEY COiOaTTEE, 

H. H. Miller. S. S. Mohler, Daniel Haj-e. 



E^ Kemittances should be made by Post-oiiice Money 
Order. Drafts, or Registered Letters, made payable and ad- 
dressed to ■■ Brethren's Publishing Co., Mount Morris, 111," 
or "Brethren's Publishing Co., Huntingdon, Pa." 

^^ Communications for publication should be legibly 
written with EL.KCK ink on one side of the paper only, and 
separate from all other business. 

t^~ When changing your address, please gire your FOKllEB 
as well as your iLilbe address in full, so as to avoid delay 
and misonderstanding. 



Mount Morris, 111., 



Jan. 24. 1888, 



Thk address of Bro. J. F. Masou is 
changed from Xeosho, Mo., to Cabool, Texas 
Co.. Mo. 

The address of Bro. J. W. Metzger is 
changed from Edna Mills, Clinton Co., Ind., 
to Mulberry, Clinton Co., Ind. 



^VE learn that Bro. J. H. Miller, of Mil- 
ford, Ind., is conducting an interesting series 
of meetings at North Manchester. We hope 
some one will report the results of the meet- 
ing- 

The Elkhart Valley church, Ind., com- 
menced an interesting series of meetings on 
Christmas Day, which they continued for 
several weeks. Bro. AY. K. Deeter did the 
preaching, and up to the date of this writing, 
three souls had been added to the church. 



Bp.o. \\. C. Teeter, of Sidney, Nebr., dur- 
ing the late storms was snow-bound at the 
hospitable home of Bro. S. J. Harrison, near 
Lanark. Bro. Teeter expected to commence 
a series of meetings for the Brethren of the 
Dry Creek church, Linn Co., Iowa, Jan. 14. 
We hope to hear of good results. 



EDITORIAL NOTES. 



There has lately occurred in Northern 
China, one of the most destructive floods of 
modern times. It was occasioned by the 
overflow of the Hoangho Eiver. A beautiful 
disti-ict, containing 10,000 square miles, is 
said to be under water, forming a large lake. 
The number of people rendered homeless 
and destitute of the necessaries of life is 
said to be :j,00<J,000. The number of lives 
said to be lost is put down at 750,000. It is 
diflicult to make a correct estimate of the 
damage caused by the flood, and it may be 
overestimated, but allowing considerable ex- 
aggeration in the estimate made, the calamity 
is appalling. The surviving sufferers should 
have our sympathy and our help, if this 
could be made available. 



* * 



The population of the United States is now 
increasing at the rate of about one million a j 
year. In the last eleven months there have 



come from Europe 319,000 emigrants. Of 
these there have come from Great Britain 
171,000; from Germany, 106,000; from Nor- 
way, Sweden and Denmark, 76,000; from 
Italy, 42,000; from Eussia, 24,000. To the 
Christian philanthropist the future of our 
country can not be contemplated without 
anxiety and concern. Will not the responsi- 
bility of our government and of the church 
increase somewhat iu proportion as our pop- 
ulation increases ? What a work is there for 
the church to do in our own country! 

* * * 

True piety is the transforming of souls in- 
to the moral image of God, and being thus 
transformed, they are prepared for the en- 
joyment of divine fellowship in this life, and 
for the enjoyment of the divine glory in the 

life that is to come. 

* 

* * 

The following are some of the strong testi- 
monies that have been given to prayer. But 
they do not overestimate the worth of prayer. 
Dr. Bay son says: "Since I began to beg 
God's blessing on my studies, I have done 
more in one week than in a whole year be- 
fore." Luther, when in the midst of his ar- 
duous labors, said, " I have so much to do 
that I cannot get on without praying three 
hours a day." Sir Matthew Hale says, " If 
I omit praying, and reading God's Word in 

the morning, nothing goes well all day." 

* 

* * 

The sin of hypocrisy is all, and even more, 
than the following language makes it: " Hy- 
pocrisy is sin in its worst form; it is sin be- 
coming too hideous to show itself; sin steal- 
ing the garb of virtue, and thus daring to 
impose upon the credulousness of men, and 
to insult the omniscience of heaven." 

* " * 

There is, probably, no person in the world 
possessing suflicient intelligence to render 
him responsible, however feeble may be his 
power and humble his condition in life, but 
what can do something for the Lord, and for 
suffering humanity, that no one else could do 
so readily, and so well, and, perhaps, not at 
all. Let no one, then, be discouraged from 
trying to do good. In the sphere of life in 
which each person finds himself placed, he 
may find something that he can do which 
will add to the comfort and well-being of 
some frail child of mortality. 

* * 

One of the Avhite-robed and faultless saints 
in heaven is only the development of the 
original type of manhood. Pope, in his " Es- 
say on Man," in reproving pride has said, 

" Men would be angels, an'gels would be gods." 

But why should men want to leave their own 
sphere of existence, and become angels? Is 
there not a sufficiency of latent capacity in 
themselves if awakened, developed and ma- 
tured, to make them all that the loftiest as- 
piration could desire? Most assuredly 



there is. Who could aspire to attain to any- 
thing greater than a faultless saint in heav- 
en, a member of the " royal priesthood," (( 
son of God, and in the glorified state be made 
like unto tJie Son of God, for " we shall be 
like him; for we shall see him as he is." 

Oh, blind child of mortality! Why so 
much labor and perplexity to reach what 
never can be reached by many, that is, world- 
ly greatness, honor and fame, and which, if 
reached, can not satisfy the wants of thy nat- 
ure, while the way to true " glory, honor 
and immortality," is open before thee, and. 
the helps available to enable thee to reach 
them without failure? Those helps are in 
Christ. He will take pleasure in helping 
thee. 



* * 



Dr. Jortin, an author of church history, 
has the following just remarks on the un- 
christian character of persecution: " To ban- 
ish, imprison, plunder, starve, hang, and 
burn men for religion, is not the gospel of 
Christ; it is the gospel of the devil. Where 
persecution begins, Christianity ends. Christ 
never used anything that looked like force 
or violence except once, and that was to 
drive bad men out of the temple, and not to 
drive them in." According to the foregoing 
remarks, the gospel of the devil has been 
sadly mistaken for the gospel of Christ by 
many, for the practice of persecution has 
been extensively indulged by professing 
Christians of different denominations. 
* * 

He that has had a clear view of the gener- 
al character of sin, and of its terrible results, 
and has had strong and deep convictions of 
his own individual guilt, and the agony of 
soul tha't such convictions are usually accom- 
panied with, and then experiences through 
faith in Christ, remission of sin, renewing of 
mind, and regeneration of his moral nature, 
and then receives the Holy Spirit with its 
heavenly joy and peace, will not be likely to 
turn again to his old course of sin. But there 
is a possibility of his doing so, as Satan is 
very artful and cunning. J. Q. 



aUERIST'S DEPARTMENT. 



The Seven Pillars of Wisdom.— Solomon's Throne. 
—The Distinction between Psalms, Hymns and 
Spiritual Songs. — The Scriptural Meaning- of 
Soul, 

Dear Bro. ^iiintcr : — 

Please explain through the Go.srEL jNlEHbENoER 
what the seven pillais represent, as spoken of in the 9th 
chapter and ist verse of the book of Proverbs, and 
oblige, J. B. Thompson. 

The passage referred to in the query reads 
as follows: "Wisdom hath builded her house, 
she hath hewn out her seven pillars: she hath 
killed her beasts: she hath mingled her wine; 
she hath also furnished her table : she hath 
sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the 
highest places of the city. Whoso is simple, 
let him turn in hither; as for him that want- 



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57 



etli under standing, sLe saith to him, Come, 
eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which 
I have mingled." Tlie word loisdom, as it 
occurs in the chapter from which the forego- 
ing passage is quoted, no doubt has the same 
meaning as it has in the preceding chapter. 
In tliis cliapter, that is the Sth, it is under- 
stood to refer to Christ. There are, in that 
chapter, attributes applied to Avisdom, that 
evidently belong to Christ. 

We have in the passage in Proverbs, quot- 
ed, a parabolic view of the rich provision 
v/hich Christ has made to meet the spiritual 
wants of men. This provision is repre- 
sented under the similitude of a feast. To 
a person acquainted with our Lord's teach- 
ing in the gospel, the feast in Proverbs re- 
ferred to in the verses quoted, will readily 
suggest the feast that he referred to in Matt. 
22: 2, and Luke 14: 16. The passage, then, 
may, with propriety, be applied to the bless- 
ings of redemption. In addition to the idea 
of a feast, we have the idea of a building or 
palace. " Wisdom hath builded her house, 
she hath hewn out her seven pillars." A 
"pillar" is the emblem of strength. The 
number "seven " in the Scriptures indicates 
perfection. It is one of the sacred and ex- 
pressive numbers of the Scriptures, and im- 
plies perfection. The seven pillars when ap- 
Ijlied to the redemptive work of Cnrist may 
express the firmness and strength of the 
principles of Christian truth, or the strength 
and stability of the Christian church. " And 
in the days of these kiugs shall the God of 
heaven set up a kingdom, which shall never 
be destroyed : and the kingdom shall not be 
left to other people, but it shall break in 
pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and 
it shall stand forever." Dan. 2: 44. 

Dear Brethren ; — 

Plt-asf explain z Cliron. y: ] 7-.;o, — "Moreo\er llic 
king made a gii-at llirone of ivon-, and overlaid it with ! 
pure gold. And there wei'e six steps to the throne, 1 
with a footstool of gold, whieh were fastened to the j 
throne, and sta^ s oh each side of the sitting place, and 
two lions standing by the stays; and twelve lions stood 
there on the one side and on the other upon the six 
steps. There was not the like made in any kingdom." ', 

8 R. Plaxk. ' 

We regard the passage quoted as a de- 
scription of the work of Solomon, to which { 
reference is made. Solomon prayed for wis- 1 
dom, and God answered his prayer by say- ■ 
ing: " Wisdom and knowledge is granted un- ' 
to thee; and I will give thee riches, and j 
wealth, and honor, such as none of the kings ' 
have had that have been before thee, neither 
shall there any after thee have the like." 2 \ 
Chron. 1: 12. And Solomon used his wealth ' 
very liberally in ornamenting his throne and ' 
court. The subjects of his government, ' 
though Jews, were rather materialistic than | 
spiritual in their views of what constitutes \ 
true greatness. And to impress his own j 
people, and the people of other nations with 
his greatness and the greatness of his king- 
dom, he made the great external display ho 
(lid. And this was in accordance with the 



nature of the carnal mind. To impress the 
carnal mind with the idea of greatness, a 
display of great wealth, great numbers, and 
great splendor, is more effectual than a dis- 
play of high spiritual character, and pure 
spiritual principles. Hence we have the im- 
posing forms of external beauty and splen- 
dor in the Jewish dispensation that we have. 
These were appeals to their senses, and they 
were more effectual in impressing them with 
awe and greatness, than would have been ap- 
peals to their judgment and consciousness of 
spiritual worth, and spiritual beauty. 

The Christian dispensation is pre-eminent- 
ly spiritual. Its Author and Pounder did not 
display material wealth and splendor to daz- 
zle the eyes of the people that he might win 
them to his cause. He sought to win fol- 
lowers to him by the sweetness and gentle- 
ness of his spirit, the benevolence of his 
character, and the purity of the principles 
which he taught. It is not the material or- 
naments of the world that recommend us to 
God, for it is "the ornament of a meek and 
quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of 
great price." 1 Peter 3: 4. Hence if is the 
possession of such a spirit that will recom- 
mend us to him. 

The material wealth and splendor that 
gave such luster to Solomon's kingdom and 
reign may be regarded as typical of the spir- 
itual glory of Christ when he shall reign 
with his saints. The w^iole of the Jewisli 
dispensation was typical .of the Christian. 
And so we may edify ourselves by making 
such a typical application of the reign of 
Solomon, to the glorious reign of Christ, 
when he takes his throne to rtile tbe nations. 

Ei/r/or of thr Mn.sni^.r : ~- 

Please answ-er the following questions; i. Wliat is 
the difference in the following words: Psalms, Ihnins 
and Spiritual Songs.' z. What is the soul that is spok- 
en of so many times in the Scripture.' Answer 
through the Gosi'ia. ^Iessenger. 

Respectfully Voms, 
1). Wr.w. 

1, There is but little difference in the 
meaning of the words named. Dr. Adam 
Clarke, a popular commentator, Fays, in ref- 
erence to the three words named, " We can 
scarcely say what is llie exact difference be- 
tween these three expressions." 

Fsalvis probably denote those poetical 
compositions written by David and others, 
and which are contained in the l>ook of 
Psalms. 

Hymns are used especially for praise. In 
the book of Psalms there are productions 
of a great many kinds. There are some in 
which the element of confession prevails; 
some in which the element of supplication 
prevails; some in which the element of praise 
prevails. Hymns are a kind of composition 
in which the element of praise largely ine- 
vails, though many of our hymns conipiise 
other elements besides praise, as do many of 
the psalms. As an evidence that psalms and 
hymns mean very much the same thing, and 



that they are used at times indiscriminately, 
it is said that in the night in which our Lord 
ate his supper with his disciples, after they 
had eaten, they "sung a hymn." Matt. 20: 
30. The marginal reading has psalm instead 
of hymn; and it is very probable. they sung a 
psalm. 

Spiritual songs are probably those pro- 
ductions that were dictated to the faithftil by 
the Holy Spirit, and whieh, after being ut- 
tered, were committed to writing. Of this 
kind were probably the songs of Moses, De- 
borah and Barak. Ex. 15: 1; Judg. 5: 12. 
And perhaps Mary and Elizabeth sang the 
words that they uttered, and that are record- 
ed in the first chapter of Luke. 

2. In regard to the query concerning the 
meaning of the word "soul," we would say, 
that Webster's definition of soul, or the first 
definition that he gives of soul, is the com- 
mon meaning that we are to give it as it oc- 
curs in the Scriptures. Webster's definition, 
to which we refer, is as follows: "The spir- 
itual, rational, and immortal part of man; 
that part of man which enables him to think, 
and which renders him a subject of moral 
government." In applying this meaning to 
soul, w-e shall get a very common idea that 
is attached to it in the Scriptures. It is 
very frequently used as synonymous with 
spirit, but not always. In Matt. 10: 28, we 
have the following language used by our 
Lord: " And fear not them which kill the 
body, but are not able to kill the soul: but 
rather fear him which is able to destroy both 
soul and body in hell." Here soul seems to 
mean what the definition explains it to be. 
In Heb. 12: 23, in an enumeration of the 
blessings enjoyed by Christians, the apostle 
feays they have come "to the spirits of just 
men made perfect." These are the disem- 
bodied spirits of the faithful who had died. 
And in Rev. 0: 9, we have the following: 
" And when he had opened the fifth seal, I 
saw under the altar the souls of them that 
were slain for the Word of God, and for the 
testimony which they held." These also 
Avere disembodied spirits, as were those re- 
ferred to in Heb. 12: 23, and they are called 
souls. Hence soul as well as spirit, in the 
Scriptures, usuall}- means the spiritual p)art 
of man, though there are passages of Script- 
ure which recognize a distinction between 
soul and spirit. .J. Q. 



Quf TK often Ave get lengthy articles, in- 
tended for the Correspondence Department 
of the paper, which are simply advertise- 
ments of the locality in Avhich the Avriter 
happens to reside. While we are quite will- 
ing to accommodate our i^atrons, yet all will 
admit that it is not best to lose sight of the 
true mission of the paper, — the heralding of 
the glad tidings of salvation. We hope, 
therefore, that our brethren Avill try, as much 
as possible, to aAoid introducing matter into 
their articles, foreign to tlie nature of the 
paper. 



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IHE: GOSJPB:!. XrESSKNOER 



Jau. 24, 1888.- 



yofi'.'i fj-oin Old- iorri'spoiKlcnt^. 

■'A> Ov>ul -iv^u-r is to a Uiirsty miu!. so is jik- 1 r.ow.- 
froa: ;i fur ci'UCtry." 



- Bro. A. Hinies, of Ladoga, [ud.. writes: 
■■ U e have oigauized a praver-iueetiug here 
Ht our meetiug-liouse, and it is in good ruu- 
ning order. Almo.st all take imrt in the ex- 
ercises." 

Bro. S. 6. riery. oi' North Manchester, 
Ind.. under date of -fa::. 7. writes: " We have 
two meetings in progress in the Ogan's 
Creek church. Bro. J. S. ISuell preaches at 
one place and D. W'vsong at the other." 

— Bro. 1). F. Hi^Kner, of Middletowu, lud.. 
writes: "Bro. Silas Hoover came to us Dec. 
t>, and held forth the Word with power until ' 
the 1.3th. Three precious ones were buried ' 
l>y baptism iu tlie waters of Fall Creek, to i 
arise in newness of life. The cause was 
much revived." 

— Bro. W. B. Guthrie, of Ckjuuty Line, 
lud., writes: "Bro. Jesse Calvert came to us 
Dec. 2'6, and held forth the ATord until Jan. 
H. As the immediate result of these meet- 
ings four wei-e added to the ehurcli by bap- 
tism, and others are near the kingdom. May 
God's name be piaised!" 

^Bro. C. C. Arnold, of Wabash, lud., 
writes: "Our meetings closed Dec. 31, with : 
one applicant. Many good impressions were . 
made uix)n the mind-; of the people. Most - 
of the preaching was done by Eld. Isaac 
Billheimer, who left many warm friends '' 
here, as was made manifest during the meet- I 
ings." 

-Sister Sarah C. Mallory, of Alum Well, 
Teuu., says: "We have just enjoyed an in- ' 
teresting series of meetings, conducted by ; 
brethren S. Molsbee and E. G. Payne. Two , 
precious souls applied for baptism. I have i 
read, with much pleasure, Bro. J. R. Gish's ' 
article in the ME;>SENGEn. I rejoice that the [ 
mission work is making such progress in | 
Arkansas, and hope that some preaching ; 
may )fe done in the vicinity wjiere my broth- i 
er Uvea His address is, David Mallory, i 
Home, Washington Co., Ark. If some tracts | 
were sent him, he might do a good work in i 
distributing them." ! 

Bro. M. G. Gibble, of Mastersonville, j 
LHiicaster Co., Pa., writes: " We contemplate j 
holding a series of meetings in the Green i 
Tree meeting-house Jan. 21. at which time; 
wt! expect Bro. C. Bucher, of Shepherds- 
town, Lebanon Co., Pa., to be with us. 
While in the post-office the other day, get- 
ting my Me.sse.n'GKI!, 1 saw another brother 
whom I lirtd induced to take the paper just 
a year ago. 1 askerl him, 'How do you like 
itV He replied, ' Oli, it contains good 
things, but then I do not believe [ want it 
any longer.' ' Why,' I asked iu astonish- 
ment. ' Well,' he said, ' \\'e can hardly spare j 
the money.' At the same time he was smok- | 
ing a cigar. It is almost needless to make j 
any comments. It is a pity, though, that | 
Brethren cannot see the great benefit to be \ 
derived from reading the church paper. 
Oar church here numbers about ")00 mem- 
bers, and is ir peace and union." 



Bro. D. ..). Miller, of Overhill, W. Va., 
writes: " 1 began a series of meetings in the 
Middle Pork church, Randolph Co., W. Va., 
Dec. 10, and closed the 20th, with four ad- 
ditions to the church by baptism. The 
church is greatly revived. God still blesses 
his people. Pray for usi " 

-Bro. J. i'. Pence, of Limestone, Tenn., 
says: "The Brethren of the Limestone 
church commenced a series of meetings Dec. 
2-1, ami continued them until Jan. 1. Bro. 
Abraham Molsbee, of Cedar Co., Tenn., was 
with us, and labined faithfully. One soul 
was added to the fold, and the church was 
etlitied and built up in the most holy faith." 

— Bro. Isaac 8. Brubaker, of the Kansas 
Center church, Mitchell, Rice Co., Kans., 
writes: "Bro. Isaac H. Crist, of Olathe, 
Kans., came among us and preached in the 
spirit and power of the gospel. Ten pie- 
cious souls came to JesuK and were buried 
with Christ in baptism. Two more, who had 
strayed away, made application to be re- 
ceived by baptisu) id)oiit three weeks ago, 
making fourteen in all received lately. Bro. 
Crist preached one week with good interest; 
then the weather became unfavorable for 
meetings, and iie returned home." 

—Bro. D. .1. Miller, of OverhiU, W. Va., 
gives additional light on Matt, o: 11. He 
says: "in GoBrjiL Meshengeh No. 18 I see 
an expla)iatio]i on Matt '6: 11. I am not sat- 
isfied with the answer given, and would like 
to have the Brethren discuss it further. 
John preached the baptism of repentance 
for the remission of Sins, and theie went out 
to iiim Jerusalem and all Judea and all the 
regions round about Jordan, and were 1)ap- 
tized of him in Jordan, confessing their sine. 
He says to them, 'I indeed baptize you with 
Avater unto repentance: but he that cometh 
after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I 
am not worthy to l)ear: he shall baptize you 
with the Holy Ghost, and with fire.' It 
looks to us that Jolm here makes a promise 
to tlior.e who had leceived baptism, that 
when Ciirist should come he would finish 
the work they had already V>egun, by baptiz- 
ing them with the Holy Ghost aud with fire. 
Now no one can be a child of God without 
the Holy Spirit and God's love, and this will 
not take place until aiter man has done his 
part of the work, which is faith, repentance 
and liaptism. Then comes the Lord's work, 
the baptizing with the Holy Ghost and with 
fire, not literal, nor the fire of punishment, 
but the fire of God's love which shall burn 
upon the altars of our hearts. Fire has two 
natures, it will consume aud it will warm. 
So with God's love,— it will warm our cold 
hearts and cause them to burn within us." 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

"Write what thou seeet, and send it unto the churchoo." 

Bro. Q,uinlan'8 Baltimore Bible School— No. 2, 

rHE FIIiST FKUITS. 

Bno. Qui.vlaN probably was in doubt, as 
were many others, with regard to the out- 
come of this work, but when, on Jan. 23, one 



of the original six, with a seemingly clear 
comprehension of duty and the doctrine, 
united with the church, all these doubts 
were set at rest and the responsibilities of 
providing here a spiritual home and a refuge 
were made clear. April 17, six more came, 
and in June one more, making eight. The 
following are the names of the boys and 
their ages, at the time of their baptism: 
Chas. Fogg, 16; Claud Sandsbury, 15; Rob- 
ert R. Conner, 14; Owen E. Schuman,.13; 
John E. Hoot, 13; Walter Hay ward, 13; Chas. 
C. Ellis, 12; Joseph J. Ellis, 10; Frank Rey- 
nolds, 15; Jesse Beachampe, 15. 

These boys are all bright and intelligent, 
and seem deeply in earnest. I can recall 
few more impressive scenes than their gath- 
ering around Bro. Wolf after tlie dismissal 
of the class, and asking his explanation of 
difficult points of doctrine. The parents of 
some much appreciate the interest Bro. 
Quinlan has taken in their boys, and he 
cherishes their grateful words. Others, per- 
haps unintentionally, place stumbling blocks 
in the way of their children, and it will not 
be surprising if some be turned away. In- 
deed, should this good work even now fail, it 
would not detract any from the success up 
to this point, for success it certainly is. 

The need now is for the church to provide 
for the niyture of the lambs and the estab- 
lishment of a fold. It will be, to say the 
least, cruel to desert Bro. Quinlan at this 
critical point. He feels the burden of re- 
sponsibility, and what he needs now, more 
than money or a church, is brotherly sympa- 
thy. 

If this is not a true missionary enterprise, 
I do not know where it will be found, and if 
Bro. Quinlan does not have apostolic zeal, 1 
do not know where to look for it. He may 
be an enthusiast, and it is not discreditable 
to him to say that such he is. It is enthu- 
siasm only that Avill brave the trials, and 
trust where the way becomes narrow and 
dark, as to him it has often been 

Do any lack faith because these converts 
are young? Do any say, " You will see ' they 
will only abide for a time, for they have no 
deepness of earth'"? There is as much to 
be hoped for in the young as in the old, and 
it were well that we take the lesson home to 
our hearts. That which is called stability 
in the more mature is not always the result 
of a deeper work of grace; it is the natural 
sobriety which age brings on. The young 
in all secular pursuits offer the most prom- 
ising subjects for training; yet few attain 
skill iu letters or the handicrafts without pa- 
tient teaching. Religion is not the learning 
; of a trade, but the "upright conduct" which 
I is demanded, as essential fruit may, under 
! kindly and aflfectionate Christian teaching, 
becom.e the established habit of a life. 

There is one thing apparent in Bro. Quin- 
j lan's work, aud I think I am not mistaken 
I in the conclusion, that through these young 
I men and children he commands a powerful 
j influence ' over the parents. We saw there 
several of the interested parents of the boys, 
and we are sure thatthoy were favorably im- 
pressed with the fundamental doctrines of 



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TH.'P OOSPHL MKSSBNOER. 



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the church. But we who have been born 
and nurtured iu the church, and been ac- 
quainted with its customs and peculiarities 
from childhood, need not wonder that these 
people stop short and question the practices 
which are not clearly defined in the Script- 
ui'es. To be plain, I refer to the matter of 
attire. There is no question, I feel con- 
vinced, that, in our city missions, needs more 
judicious handling. 

One word more with respect to the mie- 
sion. Every four weeks is the regular day 
for preaching. Where are these young 
members in the meantime? Well, ^wice a 
week they come together for prayer and the 
study of the Scriptures. Could there just 
now ha given to the City of Baltimore an 
active and earnest missionary, there is no 
telling what might be done. Our chief work 
here would not need to be to tear down what 
some others have been building up. There 
are, no doubt, many v\dio admire the doc- 
trines, but hesitate to come because of the 
uncertainty of having a permanent spiritual 
homf. 

A PERSONAL WORD. 

Now 1 propose to speak a personal word 
for Bro. Quinlau. I know a little how these 
things work, and in a matter where so many 
are concerned no one ought to be made to 
bear more than his share of the burden. 

Bro. Quinlan has a large heart, but he is a 
poor man. The sum of .i?9.50 a week will not 
go a great ways in a city. He has, perhaps, 
taxed himself too heavily already. His wife 
is not a member of the church, but does not 
hinder his work. iShe is aliiicted, yet bears 
liis sacrifices and deprives herself of neces- 
saries often, to help the cause along. The 
mission, iu several ways, may be a severe 
drain upon their earnings, and not the least 
of these is in the matter of entertainment. 
Private members passing through or tarry- 
ing as Bro. Quinlan's guests, should remem- 
ber to make due returns. 

Bro. Quinlan is much encouraged by the 
liberal aid he has received, and lately the 
"Thanksgiving Offering" has quite cheered 
him after a long period of apparent neglect. 
He feels the responsibility in the handling 
of these funds, and seems a little uneasy over 
what he sometimes feels is a suspicion that 
he is applying a portion to his own use. 

At his request I examined his accounts, 
and believe that everything is very carefully 
accounted for. I can well understand his 
feeling in this matter, as my experience in 
receiving and disbursing thousands of dol- 
lars of "charity funds" has not been Avith- 
out its pains. 

In conclusion, 1 commend our brother and 
his work, together with the young brethren 
who regard him as a father, to the prayerful 
concern of the church. If everything does 
not just measure up to our own standard, let 
us look at the soil into which the seed is be- 
ing sown, and let not our criticisms or dis- 
trust prove the stones that shall hinder the 
deep rooting of the tender plants that have 
sprung from his sowing and the Spirit's wa- 
tering. Just here is an opportunity for 
some of om Brethren of large means to do 



good. Among these young brethren is one 
who, only a little over a year ago, came from 
England. Ho will, no doubt, return to his 
native country and he is inspired with a 
worthy ambition to be a teacher of the truth, 
yet feels his lack of mental equipment. He 
would like to go to school and prepare him- 
self to earn a living by teaching, and at the 
same time be qualified to render the best 
service to the church. Noav should we not 
nurture such aspirations? Who will help? 
The schools will be willing to do a liberal 
share, I know, but could not assume the en- 
tire expense. I suggest that any one willing 
to aid, assume a portion of the expenses for 
one week, say tuition or board. A sufficient 
number might be vvilling to contribute to 
enable him thus to spend six months or a 
year in school. Any of the brethren or sis- 
ters willing to lend a hand, may communi- 
cate with me, and I will carefully account 
for every penny sent for that purpose, and 
promise that the best terms will be secured, 
and every dollar do as nearly double duty as 
IX)Ssible. The help thus afforded may be 
given with the understanding that Bro. Fogg 
in turn help some other worthy young man 
if he ever becomes able. So the good might 
go on long after ^ve are gone. 

D. E.MMLCKT. 

Hagersiown, 31(1. 



From Cedar Grove Church, Tenn. 



We commenced a series of meetings at 
Cedar Grove church, Dec. 22. The brethren 
preached many good sermons, and tiie meet- 
ing closed the last night of the year, with 
two additions. Others, I think, were almost 
persuaded to come, and I hope the Brethren 
will pray that the good vvork may go on. 
May (xod bless us and save us in heaven! 

Notes of Travel. 

AccoiiJJlxc; to previous arrangements, wife 
and I left home Dec. 16, for South Bend, 
Ind. We stopped off' at Elkhart to visit 
friends. Elkhart, a few days before, had 
quite a fire. The Excelsior Starch Factory 
was burned down with a loss of about $50,000. 
At South Bend we liad an appointment at 
the Wenger church. On the ITtli v.e were 
taken eleven miles south-west, to the South 
Bond church, where we commenced a series 
of meetings. Bough and inclement weather 
caused our congregations to be small at first, 
but towards the close of the meetings our 
congregations were large. Four persons 
were willing to accept Christ by baptism, 
one was reclaimed, and one more applicant, 
with others almost persuaded. To-day I ar- 
rived at South Bend, and saw another fire. 
The Toy Factory was enveloped in flames, 
and the loss many thousand dollars. How 
soon our earthly goods can be swept away, 
but if oirr treasures are in heaven, they will 
be secure. My observation teaches me that 
we could make our meetings more interest- 
ing to our young people. Singing is one 
medium by which we can interest them. A 
good class of singers will make a good and 
lively meeting. Singing is like any other 



branch of education, — it must be learned. 
Brethren, during these long winter evenings, 
get all to meet at some convenient place and 
teach them, not only to sing, but hoio to sing. 
In some places we see that singing is much 
neglected, and on account of it the min- 
ister fails to have the degree of success he 
might have. J. H. Miller. 



From Eads, Colo 



For the satisfaction of those that have 
written to us for information, I would state 
that the town of Eads is on the Missouri <t 
Pacific E. K., forty-five miles west of the 
Kansas State line, one hundred and nine 
miles east of Pueblo, and situated midway 
between Lamar, on the Santa Fe II. 11., and 
Kit Carson on the Union Pacific. There is 
still some Government Land to be had. The 
water is good, the soil a dark sandy loam, 
and set with buffalo and blue stem grasses. 
The winter thus far has been pleasant and 
mild, A\ith the exception of a few days. The 
people are sociable and clever and, as a gen- 
eral thing, are religiously inclined. As yet 
there is no church here. There is a union 
Sunday-school whioh was started last May, 
and with the exception of a few Sundays, it 
has been kept up so far through the winter, 
and will continue until spring. We would 
like to see some of our ministers stop and 
preach for u^. S. E. Shoe.makei;. 

From Cherry Grove Church. Garrett Co., Md. 

Since our lovi.'-feast, which was iii Sep- 
tember, .seven precious souls have been add- 
ed to the church. Among the number was a 
young man who was converted at a United 
Brethren's meeting, recently. At the close 
of these protracted meetings they baptized 
five applicants. Some they dipped back- 
wards, and some forward. The applicants 
received no instruction whatever, neither did 
the administrator pray for them while in the 
water. After he was done baptizing, I an- 
nounced to the congregation that I had an 
applicant for baptism. After reading Matt. 
18, I baptized him according to the order of 
the Brethren. After we came out of the wa- 
ter, a woman, standing'by, said to me, "Your 
way is my choice of baptism." 

David M. Mekuill. 



From Tiffin, Ohio. 



Bro. A. -J. Baughman came to the Sugar 
Grove church, in the Green Spring district, 
Seneca Co.. Ohio, Dec. 19; commenced a se- 
ries of meetings which continued until the 
29th. He preached nineteen sermons, re- 
sulting iu two accessions to the church. The 
c'.iurch was greatly encouraged. There are 
some who are counting the cost of living a 
life of sin, au'l considering the pleasure of 
living the life of the Christian. May God 
help each to see where they stand, and to 
turn in with the easy terms of the gospel 
while it is called to-day. We hope Bro. 
Baughman will como again to visit and give' 
us spiritual food. J. W. Moore. 



t>L> 



1 Ht CtOSPKL .vikssbnoer 



Jau. 24, 1888. 



From Eglon. Preston Co., W. Va. 

I LEiT home Dec. l24 for a week's uieetiug, ' 
at Briery Mountain in this county. I arrived 
in time for evening services and found a good '■ 
cougi-egation considering this sparsely set- 
tled oomniunity. On Christmas we had two i 
meetings. From that time on we had meet- j 
ings only in the evening. Notwithstanding j 
the inclemency of the weather, the [people all , 
came out to hear tlic Word preached, nud 1 
lK»lieve I never saw a nu^re zeahnis baud of 
hretiiren and sisters. As an immediate re- 
sult of the meeting, hvc [>recious souls ujade 
the good confession. Bro. IS. A. Sisled as- i 
sisted the writer during the greater part of 
the meeting. This little band is under the j 
cai'e of Bro. Geo. Bucklew who is alive to the i 
cause. At the difl'erent meetings that I at- I 
tended since last September, fourteen souls | 
have united with the church. To God be all 
the praise! JoxAy Fike. 

Jau. ■'>, ISSb. 



From Chiques Church, Lancaster Co., Pa. 

Below we give a short sketch of the sta- 
tistics of this church, whicl* may l)e inter- 
esting to some of the readers: 

Number of members, Jau. 1, iNST, l-io; 
baptized during the year, -il; received by 
letter, 20; lost by removal, 14; by death, 10; 
by expulsion, 2. Total membership, Jan. 1, 
188S, -ISO. The ministers are, J. L. Eshel- 
man, J. P. Price, A. L. Kshelman, and the 
writer. The deacons are, J. W. Gibbel, 
Samuel Gibbel, Benj. B. Zug, D. M. Eshel- 
man, John Gerlach and H. 8. Zug. 

S. K. Zug. 



From Grove Church. Ohio. 

Oui; regular (quarterly council-meeting oc- 
curred to-day. Everything passed off pleas- 
antly. I often wonder and stop to think 
whether we, as brethren and sisters, consider 
what a life our ministers have to live I They 
have to go to preaching, rain or shine; some- 
times they do not feel well, or some of the 
family are sick. Some have large families 
and not even a home they can call their own. 
O, stop and think of the cioss they have to 
bear! While we sit by our warm stoves they 
have to go through cold and snow. Do we 
heed the woids they preach to usV Do we 
love one another as the Savior commanded 
us to do? " By this shall all men know that 
ye are my disciplep, if ye have love one for 
another." The closer Ave live to our church 
and the vows we made before God and man, 
the happier we will be Avhen Ave come to die. 

M. L. Snell. 



From Root River Church, Minn, 



We have iiad a very interesting series of 
meetings beginning Dec. 11, and continuing 
Avith increased interest until the 2l8t. Breth- 
ren W. Eisenbise and F. Myers, of Mt. Car- 
roll, 111., came and labored hard and earnest- 
ly, night and day. Four young girls made 
the good confession and Avere baptized. One 
tnore applicant canio fovAvard fit the last 



meeting. The brethren and sisters Avere 
strengthened and encouraged. Many more 
outside the fold A\-ere made to feel the need 
of a Savior. There are some things tiuitmay 
come up before our minds to keep us back, 
but Avhen Ave once partake of the goodnese of 
God. Ave are matle to Avonder Avhy it ever 
seemed so hard to us. 

We have been bountifully fed Avith the 
crumbs that fell from our Master's table. | 
Dear brethren and sisters, let us keep on 
feeding upon (liese crumbs and get nearer 
the true A'ine! S.vnAii E. BrEOiiLV. 

Lime Sprhiys, loicn. 



Donations for the Poor. 

H. J. Lichty, la $1 00 

David Bowersox, la , 1 00 

S. H. Hetlebower, W. Va 50 

J. E. Bossermau, Mo 30 

Eiley Stump, Mo 50 

A. B. Wilt, Wis ;)0 

J. J. Fike, la 50 

Mary Hyre, Ind 2 00 

Lewis E. Smith, O 40 

W. H. Gift, 111 75 

J. H. Miller, Mo HO 

A brother, 111 1 00 

A. B. Fisher, Ivans 1 00 

Geo. Merchant, Kans 2 00 

Mary E. Price, Mo 1 00 

Mary E. Witwei-, Kans 30 

Eliza Horn, O 2 00 

John Swartz, 111 40 

Z. Henrick, Mo 25 

Le\d Hoffert, Nebr 75 

Eld. J. H. Miller, Ind 2 00 

Wm. Holsinger, Kans 1)5 

James N. Miller, Kans 80 

Beget Tyson, Pa 1 00 

Sidney E. Gilliam, O 50 

N. A. L. Pknck, Mo 3 00 

Mary Justice, Ind 40 

J. E. Gnagy, Md 3 90 

Mary Boyer, 1 00 

D. G. Hoover and Avife, O 50 



Working up to System. 

System is only another name for success, 
and yet the most perfect one any organized 
body can inaugurate Avill be a failure Avith- 
out the co-operation of the individuals com- 
posing that body. The earnest and active 
Avorkers of the church in every period of her 
history have felt the need of system in 
church, and have labored hard to secure it, 
but they also felt a -much greater Avant,— a 
Avillinguess on the i^art of many to Avork by 
the one Ave have, according to Eccl. \)\ 10, un- 
til we can get a better one.. There is room, 
no doitbt, for improving all our plans of 
chuwsh Avork, and Ave presume some have a 
special calling in that direction, but if the 
great majority of us Avould spend more of 
our energies in following plans already giv- 
en us, the good Avork Avould move oji more 
swiftly to success. 

For years the call has been for a better 
system of mission Avork, and the Avisdom of 
the church has been concentrated in answer- 
ing tlio deTOnnd, until wo believe \\ careful 



sitrvoy of plans given by District and An- 
nual Meeting Avill convince us that they are 
based on the gospel, and are as near perfect 
and far-reaching as those of other religious 
bodies, avIio, by their zeal in tract and mis- 
sion work, put us to shame Avheu Ave compare 
results. When all things are considered, Ave 
have done Avell, but, brethren, can Ave not do 
much better? Our system is on a sound 
basis, is practical and operative, hence can 
not fail to bring grand results if all will do 
their part in working up to it. If churches 
are planted and souls saved, it must be done 
at the sacrifice of convenience, time and 
money, on the part of those already in the 
fold. Now Avhat avg evidently need is a more 
thorough acquaintance with the Avants of the 
church in mission Avork, and a Avillingness to 
follow the system given by Annual Meeting 
to meet said Avants. Oar future success de- 
pends on our conceptions of the past and 
present, and Avhile it is sometimes unpleas- 
ant to revieAV our Avork, necessity frequently 
demands it, if Ave Avould make improvement 

Annual Meeting of 1884 requested each 
local church to appoint solicitors, and each 
member to give one penny a Ave^k for gener- 
al mission work. Nest year's import informs 
us that only one church out of five appointed 
solicitors, and, instead of donations averag- 
ing one cent per Aveek, the average was less 
than one mill. 

To obviate the difficulty and get all the 
churches to Avork, Annual Meeting of 1886 
asked each State District to appoint a treas- 
urer to present this work to the local church- 
es, and receive the funds and forward the 
same to the General Treasurer. A number 
of Districts failed to do this, and thus the 
Avork is retarded. By consultation Avith Bro. 
Sprankle, the Treasurer for North-eastern 
Ohio, AA-e learn that only a few of the church- 
es have so far reported to him. Brethren, 
this is not Avorking up to system. Some 
have appointed solicitors avIio are Avorking 
uobly, but are sending the funds to Bro. D. 
L. Miller, instead of Bro. Sprankle, thus 
rendering it impossible for him to report 
satisfactorily to next District Meeting. 

Bro. Sprankle also informs me that he has 
been solicited by the Committee on Tract 
Work to look after their wants in our Dis- , 
trict. Let me kindly suggest that Ave all 
prove the efficiency of a Avell-matured sys- 
tem by carefully Avorking up to it. All mon- 
ey for either branch of church Avork should 
be sent to Bro. Sprankle, and whatever 
amounts have been sent direct to Bro. Mil- 
ler, or Committee on Tract Work, since last 
District Meeting, should be reported to Bro. 
Sprankle, so that he can give full report to 
next District Meeting. I. D. Pakkeii. 



A Pioneer Sinking. 



Bi;o. JoH.N SxujJEiiAKEJ!, of Troy, Ohio, 
Avell known in the Brotherhood, and one of 
the oldest members in the Valley, is now se- 
riously afflicted. Realizing that his race is 
almost run, and Avishing to be prepared for 
the journey, he called upon the brethren to 
nnoint him Avit'.i oil iu tlio name of the Jjord, 



,\hu. 2'k, imi. 



TTHE, OOSPET. \4TvSSTIK(tH:K 



( > 1 



which was doae to-day, Jan. lo, iu the pres- 
ence of a number of brethren and sisters and 
his family. The occasion v/as impressive. 
His aged companion, who has stood by his 
side fifty- four long years, is faithful yet to 
the vow then made. Many times she has 
helped him prepare for a journey, and as 
many times welcomed his return, yet, to-day, 
while engaging in the solemn preparations 
foi- that journey from which no traveler ever 
returned, the tears fell thick and fast. Bro. 
Studebaker is seventy-six years old; he is a 
father-in-law of Eld. James (Juinter. 

Jacob Coppock. 



livered sixteen sermons iu all, and wielded 
the Sword of the Spirit with power. Our 
little baud was much encouraged to see three 
dear sisters come out on the side of the 
Lord. May those who have lately started be 
faithful workers in the vineyard of the Lord! 
God grant that the good work may not stop 
here. AVe hope more will come soon, as we 
believe many more are almost persuaded to 
become Christians. May that still, small 
voice follow and persuade many who are 
away from God! Jacob Grisso. 



From Dorchester, Nebr. 



From Clear Creek Church, Huntington Co., Ind. 

We comm<mced a series of meetings Dec. 
22, and continued until Jan. /i. Bro. O. F. 
Yount, of Ohio, conducted the meetings, and 
two were received by baptism. Our congre- { 
gatiou having had some trouble in the last : 
few years, had concluded to call for a com- i 
mittee from our next Annual Meeting, but i 
while our meetings were in progress, the 1 
Spirit began to work, not only on the hearts i 
of sinners, but upon the Brethren, and a ; 
proposal was made to try and settle our dif- I 
Acuities v/ithout the committee from Annual j 
Meeting. When the day came, brother after \ 
brother arose voluntarily and asked forgive- j 
ness, with tears. We aie nov,' happy to state j 
to all concerned, especially adjoining church- j 
es, that our troubles are satisfactorily set- ; 
tied to the church. Thus closed one of the i 
most successful meetings we have had for I 
years. Can not other congregations do like- 
wise, and give God the praise? 

DOBSEY HODGDEN. 



Oru little band of brethren and sisters is 
in love and union. We recently enjoyed a 
season of refreshing. Bro. Israel Cripe 
came to us and held seven meetings, with ex- 
cellent interest and good attendance. Al- 
though there were no immediate additions, 
we feel that our meetings will be a benefit 
to both saint and sinner. The members 
were built up in that most holy faith once 
delivered to the saints. We believe some 
are near the kingdom. We are at present 
without an elder, but hope and pray that 
some one who is sound in the faith Avill lo- 
cate among us. May the prayers of the 
righteorts ascend in our behalf! 

D. C. Cbipe. 



large addition, it was worth a great deal to 
the membership. The Brethren are much 
revived. TJiis is the second series of meet- 
ings held at this place. Henuy C. Eably. 



From Santa Fe Church, Ind. 

The members of this churcli contemplate 
holding a series of meetings in the early part 
of February. Bro. W. R. Deeter has been 
chosen to labor for us. He was with us the 
latter part of September and labored faith- 
fully. The frnits of his labor were three 
precious souls. Saints were made to rejoice, 
and built up ia the most holy faith. This 
church has been laboring under a cloud of 
adversity for quite a while, as we are sur- 
rounded by both factions, but we fondly 
hope a brighter day will dawn when we may 
have an ingathering of souls, and that we 
may be more and more knit together in the 
bonds of gospel love and affection. 

D. B. Wolf. 



From Pine Creek, III, 

On the evening of ])ec. 1, Bro. J. C. Mur- 
ray, of Indiana, came among us to hold forth 
the Word of Life. The interest was good, 
and the liest of attention given to the Word 
preached, some being awakened who took 
but little interest in meeting heretofore. 
Saints were encouraged and strengtliened to 
" earnestly contend for the faitli once deliv- 
ered unto the saints." There were no addi- 
tions, but we are assui'ed the seed sown has 
not been scattered in vain. To our dear 
brother we say. Be not discouraged, for "he 
that gneth foi th and v.eepeth, be.Rring pre- 
cious seed, shall doubtless come again with 
rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him." 
During t)ie Holidays, meetings were held in 
Polo, but the success of the meetings was 
interfered with, to some extent, by storms 
and bad weather. We submit the result of 
our efforts to the liniuls oi our heavenly Fa- 
ther, Imping tlie labors put fortli by God's 
people, here and elsewhere, may result in 
much good and the upbuiMing of Zion! 

D. L. FOBNEY, 
._. . - ^ 

From Johnsville Church, Va. 

Dec. 10, Eld. Joim B. NafiP, of Boanoke, 
came to ue and commenced a series of meet- 
ings, and continued until the 20th. He de- 



From the Brownsville Church, Md. 

The home ministers began a series of 
meetings in this church Dec. 24. On the 
26th, Bro. Wm. Anthony, rif Hagerstown, 
came to their assistance, and continued the 
meeting one week, closing on Saturday night. 
The night the meeting closed we left the 
church with a saddened heart, as we thought 
of some that wereontin the cold, dark world. 
Some attended the meetings regularly and 
listened attentively, and now another oppoi"- 
tunity had seemingly gone by unimproved. 
On the following Sunday four precious souls 
made application to be admitted into the 
family of God. Bro. Anthony labored earn- 
estly while with up. Though young iu years 
and also in the ministry, we think we were 
all benefited by his preaching. 

Geo. W. Kaet/ef. 

( 'Infifirll':^, Md. 



From Milmine Church, Piatt Co., IU. 

Satubday, Dec. 10, Bro. C. S. Holsinger, 
of Lacon, Marshall Co., Ill , came among us 
to hold a series of meetings at the Milmine 
meeting-house. At that time the roads were 
bad, and we had more rain and stormy 
weather, so that the attendance was very 
small. Bro. Holsinger labored under some 
disadvantages, on account of the weather 
and other inconveniences, but nevertheless 
preached the Word of God with zeal and 
power. Two -were brought into the fold, 
and others are almost persuaded. Bro. Hol- 
singer left us Dec. 25, and went to the Okaw 
church to preach the Word. May the Lord 
be with him! M. D. Fbant/. 

From Great Bend, Kans. 



From Pleasant Vallsy Church, Augusta Co., Va. 

On the evening of Dec. 21 we began a se- 
ries of meetings, and continued till the ev- 
ening of Jan. S. We had seventeen meet- 
ings. Four additions are the immediate 
result of the efforts put forth. The njeetings 
v.'ere conducted by brethren Jos, Kagey and 
S. F, Sanger, both of Cook's Creek congre- 
galiou, Va, The meetings were well attend- 
ed throughout, liotwithstanding the uninvit- 
ing weather, and most excellent attention 
was given to the preaching of tjie Word. 
The preaching dealt mainly with the needs 
of every-day life, though inatter of a doc- 
trinal character was not altogether neglect- 
ed. The subjects were well chosen, and 
treated in a very clear and impressive man- 
ner. While the meeting did not result in a 



Dec, 14, Bro, Levi H. Eby, of Beattie, 
Kans,, commenced a series of meetings in 
the Walnut Valley church, and preached 
each evening until the 30th, Dec, 15 Bro, 
Enoch Eby came to us and helped Bro. Levi 
till the 22nd. Sinners were warned to fiee 
the wrath to come, and we think many good 
resolutions were formed. We hoi)e they 
will carry them out. The members were 
much revived and encouraged. On Christ- 
mas morning we had a good children's meet- 
ing, which seemed to encourage children as 
well as parents. Michael Kelleb. 



From Mt. Vernon, Dak. 



Our love-feast, Nov, 5, was the first we 

j have been permitted to enjoy for fiie years, 

I The feast Avas held at the residence of the 

writer. Although the congregation was 

\ small, we had a happy meeting. Seventeen 

I persons communed. The ministering breth- 

: ren present were B, F, Miller and M-ife, W, 

} G, Cook and wife, and Jacob Miirray, If any 

of the Eastern brethren, traveling West, 

Avould stop with us, we would be thankful, 

AVe shoidd like to have some good minister 

come and locate among us. 

Lizzie H.ujader. 



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r t-i b: «^t( js F' ti: l m jbss h x ^ t a k 



Jiiu. 24, 1888. 



Eeport of Salem, Nebr., Meeting-House. 

The following sums hrtve been received by 
the undersigned for paying the debt on the 
Salem, !Nebr., meeting-house: 
From the State Board, per Bro. Cripe, 

Long Pine, Nebr . . ..S'25 00 

Salem church, O., per Jesse B. Brum- 
baugh 2o 

Sister Harshberger, Salem, Ohio .... 1 00 

E. M. SUMSTIXE. 



To the Southern District of Missouri and 
Arkansas. 



We would, by tiiis notice, urge all the 
members of the above District to render un- 
to God at least a portion of the goods where- 
with he has blessed us. Give in proportion 
as the Lord has blessed you. But few of 
the churches have as yet paid in their quoto, 
and still the demands come for means to 
carry on the Lord's work. 

S. Click, Treas. 

Nevada, Mo. 

From the Chiqnes Church, Pa. 

We commenced a series of meetings Dec. 
1&, 18S7, and closed the 26th. Eld. Samuel 
E. Zug opened by reading the first part of 
Eom. 10. Bro. Jacob H. Longanecker, of 
Lebanon Co., Pa., came to our aid on the 
19th, preaching ten discourses at the Chiques 
house, and on Christmas forenoon at the 
Green Tree house. He taught in such a 
clear and simple manner that each and every 
one could readily understand. He closed 
the meetings by preaching from Luke 14. 
He maintained that excuses will avail noth- 
ing at the Judgment Day. Quite a number 
made the good confession, and others are 
counting the cost. H. F. Stauffek. 

Masiersonville, Pa. 



searched, bring back your truthful answer: 
" "We can not find it."' How can we estimate 
tlie worth of twenty-one souls? 

After a pleasant council we went to the 
Avater, where baj^tism was administered. It 
was snowing quite fast, yet a large crowd 
gathereil at the water. The scene was im- 
pressive. 

The meetings continued until ^Vednesday, 
Jan. -4, when two more were received by bap- 
tism, making twenty-three in all, beside one 
that had been reclaimed on Saturday. Tru- 
ly, the Loi'd has blessed us in oiir labors, 
and we are much strengthened in our faith. 
Brethren and sisters, let us work and pray 
that Zion'& cause may prosper, and that sin- 
ners may be turned from the error of their 
way I J. A. Miller. 

Green Mouni, TV(. 



From Middle Creek Church, Pa. 



From Green Mount Church, 'Va. 



The members of the Green Mount church, 
Va., having expressed a desire for a series of 
meetings, brethren J. P. Zigler, of Broadway, 
Va., and P. S. Miller, of Bridgewater, Va., 
were engaged to labor with us during the 
Holiday week. On the evening of Dec. 14 
the first meeting was held. Bro. Miller 
preached from John 1: 1. He maintained 
that everything needed a right beginning to 
insure success. It seemed to make a good 
impression, for never have we seen the Green 
Mount church fall into the line of duty bet- 
ter than during this meeting. The brethren 
preached the gospel with ability and with 
power, directing their thoughts to the under- 
standing rather than the feelings. The doc- 
trine was made a prominent feature of their 
sermone; The meetings were held both day 
and night, and the week was not more than 
half spent until many brethren acknowledged 
it to be a most profitable season to the 
church. On Saturday, at church council, 
twenty-one candidates presented themselves 
as applicants for baj^tism. Ye lovers of 
wealth, fame and honor, search the realms of 
the universe for something to compare with 
the worth of one soul, and when you have 



Our members, in the western part of our 
congregation, made arrangements to hold a 
series of meetings in one of our meeting- 
houses on the eastern slope of Laurel Hill 
Mountain, to commence about a week before 
Christmas. Bro. G. W. Lowry, one of our 
ministers who lives in that part of the con- 
gregation, invited me to assist them. Bro. 
Lowry did the preaching till Saturday even- 
ing, Dec. 24, when I had the pleasure to meet 
with them, and relieved him. We continued 
the meetings till the next Tuesday evening. 
The attendance during these meetings, with 
one exception, was good for that place, and 
very good attention was given to the preach- 
ing of the Word. During these meetings 
two of Bro. Lowry's daughters came out on 
the Lord's side. On Monday, the 26th, we 
wended our way to Bro. Bowman's, where we 
found a company of brethren and sisters and 
neighbors who had gathered to witness the ad- 
ministration of baptism. After short servic- 
es we went to one of those beairtiful moun- 
tain streams, and though that mountain re- 
gion was covered with snow, the sisters step- 
ped into the water without any signs of fear 
; or faltering and were baptized with as much 
' ease as in midsummer. It was a solemn 
scene. Upon the banks of that stream were 
shed tears of joy and sympathy, and we have 
reason to believe that the unbidden tear of 
sorrow stole down the cheeks of some who 
felt that they wf^ro not prepared to meet God. 
About two weeks before, Bro. Lowry baptized 
; a son and daughter of Bro. Bowman at the 
. same place. They took the advice of the 
wise man, " Remember thy Creator in the 
days of thy j-outh." 

There was a deej) gloom cast over the com- 
munity during our meetings on account of 
the sudden death of a young man named 
I Hyat. He was at our meeting on Sunday 
! evening. On Monday morning he took his 
' gun and went to the mountain. At about 
; eleven o'clock he was found reclining against 
' a rock, with the entire upper part of his head 
shot away. It is supposed that he walked 
with his gun cocked, and slipped upon the 
rock. The gun -was discharged while point- 
ing to his head, with the above result. I was 
informed that this young man intended to 



I come to our meeting again on Monday evon- 
j ing, but at that time he was in eternity. On 

Wednesday morning I left, on account of 
j other arrangements, vei-y reluctantly, because 
I I felt satisfied that there wez'e some more in 
I that neighborhood who were near the king- 
I dora. 1 made my way home through a very 
i severe snow-storm. I found all well, for 
j which I felt to thank God and take courag<e, 
I hoping to meet with those kind people again 

at some future time, if the Lord spares us. 

Valentine Blough. 
Somersei, Pa. 

Report of Boys' Bible School. 

The following is the report of the Bible 
School, Baltimore, Md., for four months, 
ending Dec. 31, 1887: 

RECEIPTS. 

IOWA. 

Panther Creek Sunday school ^ji 3 oo 

Martha Hertlen i oo 

.South Waterloo Sunday-fchool 14 =50 

Melrose Sund.iy school -.7 <; 66 

A few sisters and a biother 2 00 

South Waterloo church 

ALirtha Thornbaugfli 



7 00 
r 00 



Geo. F. Chainherlain i 00 

E. B. Repp 100 

K.XXSAS. 

Conway Springs i 30 

Salem church 3 7S 

Salem church 7 oo 

Daniel M. Shenk 50 

ILLlNOm. 

Milmine church Sunday school 2 00 

Mary A. Shivel^- i 00 

Thanksgiving Offering, Girard. 20 00 

Thanksgiving meeting, Cerro Gordo, and a col- 
lection by .Sarali Kuns jB 06 

Mary Rohrcr , 2 CO 

Ruth Bovvers i 00 

Henry and Nancy Stouffer ... 1 (; 

.Susan B. Lahman. . . 18 80 

Joseph Howe i 71; 

Mary A. Miller 3 10 

J. D. Lahman and wife 20 00 

D. B. Buttcrbaugli and wife 5 00 

INDIANA. 

Ogan's Creek Social Meeting 10 00 

Middleburg chiuxh 2 i <; 

Etta Muff t CO 

Newton Shaneour 



50 

Pine Creek Union .Sund.ayschool i 2^ 

North Manchester Social Meeting 6 00 

Huntington church 6 00 

A sister, Gravelton 2 00 

G. McGaughey i 00 

J. B. Priser 100 

Middleburg .Sund.iy-Rchool . 2 i <; 

Sarah Bowman 1; 00 

OHIO.' 

Chippewa church 7 ^S 

Oak Grove church 3 00 

Jonathan Creek churcli i 00 

C. H. Eikenberry S 72 

Joseph E. Etter i 00 

Sugar Grove .Sunday-school S 25 

Abraham Young i 00 

Wooster church Ct 00 

Lick Creek Sunday-school 5 co 

A collection by A. W. Shaffer 11 20 

Palestine church 

Eliz.abeth L. Barl 



rKNNSYLVANIA. 



5 75 

I 00 

Altoona, Brethren's Sund.ay-school. , 360 

Linda Cupp 5 00 

George and Andrew Kreps i 00 

Sarah, Jennie, Martha and Kadia Harley 4 00 

Anna Wise 2 00 



Jau. 24, 1888. 



T H E GrOS PE I. VI ESS E iV O E R 



(;;> 



A brother, Covington 2 oo 

Lancaster Co., Brethren 2 00 

Conestoga District i- 7.? 

A sister 25 

A sister Royersford i 00 

Jennie E. Calhoun i 00 

Maggie A. Fvock. , i 00 

Four sisters^ i 00 

Miss Nan Smith 5o 

Antietam church 15 5° 

Sarah Good i 5° 

Elizabeth A. Frect i 00 

Abram II. Cassel 200 

Amanda Cassel i 00 

J. M. Herncv 100 

MARYLAND. 

J. E. Gnagej 5 00 

Elizabeth and Anna Roop. 3 00 

Hannah Hawk i 00 

Pipe Creek Sunday-school . 9 54 

S. Wagner 5° 

Manor church -051 

Weltj's church 5 00 

A. L. Gnagey 5 00 

Brownsville church 6 25 

Ella Williams i 00 

Eliza Gnagey ■ 2 00 

Sarah S. M. Johnson i 00 

VIRGINIA. 

Mt. \'ernon Sunday-school .=; 00 

Lizzie and Lydia Snitman 2 10 

Fannie Spiggle 1 00 

P. F. Thomas i 00 

Martin Garbcr 5 00 

Jacob Hedrick i 00 

Barren Ridge congregation ^o 

Julia A . Wood i 25 

Wf.ST VIRGINIA. 

A brother 2 00 

CALIFORNIA. 

Lois B. Shank 200 

TENNKSSEK. 

M ary .-\ . Garbcr .So 

Total $339 -1 

EXPENDITURES. 

Biblcb for school $ ii lo 

One clock for school 5 00 

.•Vdvertising meetings 8 13 

Clothing foi boys and girl* 32 50 

Doctor bill for a brother 2 00 

Coal for school 7 00 

P>rethren's Publishing Co., Hymn Books, ^i/ar- » 

tcrlics^ etc 4 5 7o 

Printing and eledrot} pes i3 75 

Rent for rooms and hall 3i 5° 

Shoes for boy and girl 2 25 

Postage, expressage, eic 3 88 

Four lamps and oil 2 80 

Car fare . 2 83 

Two boxes for Bibles ^ 20 

Ouk chairs for girls' f-chool 23 00 

1 1 als for bo3 s 2 CO 

Attending Meadow Branch lovo-fi ast '11 50 

Ilelpir.g brethren 10 27 

Minister's fares 8 55 

Whitewashing rnom for girls 75 

Mtdicine for boy and girl i 15 

Traveling expenprs 12 30 

Total $262 63 

SUMMARY. 

Balance on hand since last Sept , . . > 5 28 

Amount rec-?ived ending Jan. i. iSSS 399 20 

Total anioimt received $404 48 

(jencral expenses !p262 63 

Dei-vositcd for building fund 10 70 

Balance on hand .$231 15 

'i'nial amount deposited for Building Fund. $1 10 70 

OTHER CONTRinr rtoxs. 

In tracts from J. ^Tetzger _ .* 10 00 

Scarf from Julia Wood valued at. , . . i 25 

Total $ II 35 



Matrimonial. 



METZ— MILLER.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, near Grcentown, Summit Co., Ohio, Jan. 8, 
by the undersigned, Mr. Jereiniah .S. Metz and Miss 
Annie ^L Miller. Sa.-vu-f.i. SrR.\NKEL. 

METZGER— ULERY. — At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Gabriel Ulery, Sept. 17, Mr. Jacob A. 
Metzger and sister Lizzie Ulerj-, both of Kosciusko 
Co., Ind. 

ROWLAND— DROUD.— At the residence of the 
imdersigned, Dec. 3, Mr. Ezra L. Rowland, of .Silver 
Lake, and Miss Eva Droud. of Packertown, Ind. 

METZGER— ARMY.— At the residence of the un- 
dersigned, Dec. 24, Mr. Henry Metzger and Miss 
Nora A. Army, both of Kosciusko Co., Ind. 

DRUDGE— LECKRONE.— At the residence of the 
undersigned, Dec. 29, Mr. Franklin Drudge and Miss 
Laura Ij. Lcckrone, both of .Silver Lake, Ind. 

S.\:\n.Ei. Leckroni . 

ROSS-BOLINGER.— At the residence of John Em- 
mert, Cliicago, Jan. 5, by Eld. P. S. Myers, Mr. Clias. 
A. Ross, of Ivima, Ohio, and sister Catharine Boling- 
cr, of Darke Co., Ohio. 

IVES — MYER.S. — At the residence of the bride's par- 
ents. Crystal Plains, Smith Co , Kans.. Jan. i, by the 
imdersigned, Charles A,, son of Eld. A. Ives, of Burr 
Oak, and Mary C. Myers. Josetti N. Morrow. 

STOUJ3ER— MILLER.— At the bride's residence, 
Dec. i^, by the writer, Bro. James A. Stouder, of 
Lj'ons Co., Kans , and sister Mollie A. Miller, of 
Greenwood Co., Kanv. \W 11. I^i-amsx. 



Fallen Asleep. 



"Blessed are the dead wbich die in the Ijord " 

.-^-^ ^^ -^.^. .-^.^ .^ ^. _-, ^j~. ^.^ ^^^. 

EWING. - In t!ie Bachelor Run church, Carroll Co., 
Ind., Jan. 7, sister Jane Ewing, aged 78 vears and 10 
months. Services by Bro. Hiei Hamilton, from i 
Cor. 15: 48, .49.. D.\\n) H. Niccu.m. 

WAGNER. — In tl-.e \crrnillion church, Marshall Co., 
Kans., Dec. 28, Minnie, tiaugliter of Bro. Fi-ed and 
sister Mary ^\'agner, aged i year, 9 monlhs and 24 
days. .Ser\ices h\' Bro. N. F. Brubaker. 

I IF.R^■EV Brouii \h i>. 

ABSHIRE.- Near Cross Roads, Dclaw.Trc Co., Ind., 
Jan. 2, Chailolte Abshire, aged 71 _\ ears, 4 montlis 
and 12 days. Scrx ices h\- the writer and Bro. Mc- 
Carty. 

VANMATRE.-Ncar New Castle, Henry Co , Ind , 
Jan. 3. Eld. Isaac \"anmatre, ;igcd 75 vears 

Deceased v,as one of the early setlletsof iheneioh- 
borhood. He embraced the religion of Jesus Christ in 
early life, and was a faithful minist<T. He leaves four 
sons and three ciaughtiis to uio-ain iluir loss. He will 
be missed in the clnucii ;i!ui in the coninuuiit \, IniV 
most of all by hi- childr.:-n. .Se^^•iCl■^ by F.ld. facoh 
Rife, from James 4 : 14 and Re^-. 14; 13. 

EVANS— Near Mt. Susvimit, Henry Co., Ind,, J.m. i, 
Hannah, w ife of I.etnut;! Ev^uis, aged ;il)Out 85 \ ears. 

WILLIAMS --In tin- .same place, Nov. :, Mary M.. 
v.ife of Bro. Augustus Williams, aged 74 \ car- i\nA 
S days. Sei\ice<; h\- Eld. (leo'ge Hoover and tlic 
writer. D. F. Hoover. 

C'RIPE.— In ll-e Lower Deer Creek cluirch, i.'arroll 
Co., Ind , Dec. 8, Gussy, son of liro. Isaac and sister 
Elizabeth Cripe, aged 2 years, 2 irionths and 8 d.n\s 
Scr\ices on Christma'^ Dnv, bv Bro. Drivid Nelf. 

.S. H. I>Erii tkliifhikr. 

ElKEN BERRY — In the Howard church, Howard 
Co,Ind., J^ji 9, sister Mary Eliz.-\bttli, d.Tugh'cr of 
Bro. John and sister Drjilah Eiker!berr\-, aged 30 
years, 2 months and 24 da\'. She was a consi.slent 
inember, and bore her aflliction patiently, wiih the 
hope of enjoying the mansions prepared for all the 
faitlifid. Services by il\e Brethren, from 2 Cor. 5. 

Dan'Iel Bock. 



GIDLEY. — In Roann, Ind, Jan. 3, of cancer, friend 
Wm. Gidley, aged 71 vears, 6 months and 3 days. 
He leaves a wife (a sisferjand four children to mourn 
their loss. .Services b_v Eld. A. Hutchison, of Mis- 
souri, in the Brethren church, froin Ps. 89: 47. His 
remains were taken to the Tombaugh ceinetery. 

JOSFTIl Joll.V. 

MOHLER.— In the Lower Cumberland church. Pa., 
Nov. 15, sister Marv Mohler, aged 6^ ye:u-s, T, months 
and 27 days. 

BRANDT.— In the Lower Cumberland church, Dec 
II, sister Elizabeth Brandt, a^cd 94 years, 9 months 
and 28 days. David Nieslv. 

REED. — In the limits of Hie Hickory Grove church, 
Carroll Co., III., Jan. 5, sister Polly, consort of Bro. 
Wm. Reed, aged about 75 years. .Services by the 
writer. Je.s.se Y. Heckler. 

LANDIS. — In the Aughwick churcl:, Huntingdon 
Co., Pa., Dec. 26, of pneumonia, Ada E., daughter of 
Bro. T. B. and sister Lizzie Landis, aged 14 years, 5 
months and 5 days. Services by Bro. .S. F. Myers, 
from 2 Kings 20: i. 

WAKEFIELD.-— In the saine church, Jan 3, Jesse L., 
son of Bro. Robert and sister Mary Wakefield, age<t 
10 years, i month and 4 days. .Services by Eld. Jns. 
R. Lane and .S. F. Myers, from Mark 10: 13-15. 

J. M. M.\se.more. 

RINKER. -Near Elkins, Grant Co, W. Va., Jan. 1. 
Bro. Elijah Rinker, aged about 83 years. He bore 
his sickness with Christian resignation. 

Rai'iiaei. Bakei;. 

WOLFE.— In the Yellow River church, Dec .;o, 
Charles C , son of Bro. David and sister Sarah AVolfr. 
aged 3 years, 11 months and :o days. 

MYERS. — In the same church, Dec. 3, .Mark, sori of 
Bro. Wm. .Myers, aged 4. jiears, S months and 23 
days. 

MARTIN. — In the same church, Dec. iC, Daniel, sou 
of friend Martin, aged about 6 vears. Services h\ 
the writer. John H. Sellers. 

MICHAEL. — In Washington Creek churcli, Douglas 
Co, Kans , Dec 27, Effie Alice, daughter of Bro. 
Wm. N. .and sister Julia Michael, aged 14 years and 
26 days. 

MICHAEL.— At tlie same place, Dec. 31, Delia Bar- 
bara Michael, daughter of tlic same parents, aged 12 
lears, 5 months and 25 days. Both children died of 
typhoid fever. Services were postponed on account 
of sickness. M.vrv M. Jarhok. 

FISHBAUGER.— In the Root River church, Minn.. 
Dec. 10, of heart disease, sister Mahala Fishbauger, 
aged 51 years, 6 months and 12 days. 

Deceased hail not been feeling well for a few davs, 
and awoke in the night with a strange feeling, when 
suddenly slie dropped her head and breathed no more. 
Tlie fatnily has lost a Christian mother, but their loss 
is her gain. She leaves a husband and five children. 
Services by W. Eisenbise and F. Myers, of Illinois, 
from t Thess. 4 and Rev. 14 13. Sar.\h B^•E(j!^L^ . 

MILLER.— Near Mylertown, St- Joseph Co., Ind. 
Dec. 23, Mary, consort of Eld. James H. Miller, aged 
about 70 years. 

" Aunt Mary," as she was familiarlv called, was 
one of the pioneers of the above county. She was the 
inother of eight children, three of whom died in their 
infancy. One son, .Sylvester, preceded his mother ex- 
actly ten years, and was also buried on Christmas. A 
daughter, Fanny, died about eight years ago. One 
daughter, two sons, a husband, four brothers and two 
sisters survive, to mourn her departure, though not a-, 
those having no hope. ■ She and her husband imitcd 
with the Brethren chuich in early life, and lived sin- 
cere Christians. Much of her lime was spent in com- 
forting those in need. In her death the church has 
lost one of its strong pillars and hrigh' lights; tiie poor 
and needy ^vill miss one of their best friends But 
none will deplore tiie loss so deeply as husband and 
children, who best knew her noble qualities of mind 
and heart. Services by Eld. Daniel Whitmer and Eld. 
Amsey Puterbaugh, in the presence of a large audience 
of relntires and friends. THfR-SToN Miller. 



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thf: CtOSpet. mkssknokr 



Juu. 



1888. 



Jtrlitrtisements. 



ZiUs F;; Izth ;»:b Istertioa : 

One timoor more .ijl 50 

One montli <.* tiinw"* 1 SO 

ITireo months ^IC times^ 1 2ii 

Six months ..2S times ■> 100 

One year (^JOtimes' 70 

No advertisement accepted for Tess than 1 00 

JS~ -Vo Cuts inserted nnless l^'^i ems Pica 
in width and >)a a titetal hose. 




POWD 




Europe and Bible Lands. 

BY D. L. MILIjEK. 

The large sale of this work gives abundant jjioof of its iiopularilv. Six 
editions have already been sold, and the seventh will soon be issued from the 
press. The following partial list will give an idea of the contents of the work: 

Life in Germany. — Berlin. — The King's Palace. — Dresden. — The Crown 
Jewels. — Women in Germany. — The City of Prague. — The ISIartyrdom of 
John Huss. — The Habits and" Customs of "the People. — Bro. Hope's "Work in 
Dei>mark. — Old Castles and Prisons of the MiddJe Ages. — Paul's Preaching 
at Mars' Hill. — Old Temples at Athens. — The Seven Churehesof Asia. - Epli- 
esus, and the Teniple of Diana. — Jaffa. — The House of Simon, the Tanner. — 
Plain of Sharon. — Lepers and Leprosy. -Mountains of Judea. — Jerusalem. — 
Place of Crucifixion. — Mount Moriah. — .Solomon's Temple. — Mount Zion. — 
David's Tomb. — Bethlehem. — The Fields Where the .Sliepherds Watched tlieir 
Flocks by Night. -- Rachel's Tomb. — Mount of Olives. — The Garden of Gcth- 
semane. — Jericho. The Dead Sea. — River of Jordan. — Bethel. — The Moun- 
tains of Blessing and Cursing. — Nazareth. — Cana of Galilee. — The Sea of Gal- 
ilee. — Capernaum. — Damascus — Ruins of Bnalhec. - - Customs, Manners, 1 Lab- 
its and Home Life of the Arabs. 

Bro. Miller visited the places he describes, and tells about them in an cas\-,. 
pleasant manner, which makes the book exceedingly interesting. It contains 
4,>9 p^gos, and 40 engravings, among which are a number of full-page illustra- 
tions of Palestine scenery. It is printed on heavy, tinted paper, in clear-faced 
type, bound in a good, substantial manner, and will be sold at the very lo'w price 
of $1.50 per copy, cloth binding, postage prepaid. 

Speci.m, Ratrs 10 MtxisTER.s. — In order lo have a cop^■ of the l)ook 
placed in the hands of all our ministers, ^ye make them the following liberal offer: 
Send one dollar for the book, and sixteen cents to pay postage, and von will re- 
cei\e a copy by return mail. 

Agents wanted, to whom liberal terms will be given. Address all onlers to 
BRETHRLN'S PLBLLSHLXG CO., 

Mr. Mo mi IS, Ii.i.. 



Absolutely Pure. TwO StickS ! I CANCER. 



Ihii powJer never varies. A marvel of 
purity, strength and ^holesomeness. ilore 
economic^ than the ordinarj- kinds, and can- 
not be s'ild in competition with the multitude 
of low test, short weight, alum or phosphate 
powders. Sold ONLY IN c.^xs. 

nOYAL RAKING POWDER CO.. 

Uta Wall St.. N. i. 

nmmi investments 

Near McPherson College Building. 

Send for plals. terms and instructions con- 
cerning eeloction of lots. Clioice property 
cheap. Terms go;d to poor who may wish to 
pay in installments. Discount for cash. For 
particclai^ addre.=3. 

M. M ESHELMAX, 

4Stf McPherson, Kans. 

KANSAS LANDS. 

— • 

Brethren and f riccdp, why not. in going west. 
locate where lind is cheap? Qainter is the 
best place for tho?; with monns ai wall as 
those with limited means, to locate and invest. 
Land Bells from §5 to .*7 por acre, near town, 
schools and c'urches. 1 have a few choice 
Homesteads and Tree Claims, v.ith some im- 
provtmoLts. for s-i'-e. Prico« from i'iSfi to 
j-00 per HW acrc-3 well located. There is no 
place- in Kansas tha'. 1 h.ive seen fand I hare 
been in .37 concties) that will erjaal tlie in- 
ducements of Qainter and vicinity The lay 
of the land and luality of s )il is fine, 'he pure 
8oft water is e.icelleat. Tlic E03i ty is aa good 
as in the east as it is made up-of eaitf;m peo- 
ple. We li^ve a large church of the RrPthren. 
besides other denominations. I am also actnt 
for Qainter Town Co.. and offer induccmette 
for bn^inesj men, especially a good doctr.r. I 
will farai.sh lots and improvr-d Jind on terms 
to juit the pnrcha.ser For further informa- 
tion call on or address, 

.J, W. B.^KHK. 

Qn inter, Gova Co. , Kans. 



ISTo^v Heady 

The Prophetical and the Actual have a joyful 
meeting in the Temple of Truth. The house 
of Judah, or Jews, and the house of Israel are 
two peoples. Overwhelming Testimony. The 
Anglo-Saxons fill the predictions of the holy 
prophets concerning Israel. Every Anglo 
Saxon should read this book Price, $1.00. 
Agents wanted. Good pay to hard workers. 
Address 

M. M. ESHELMAN, 

McPherson, Kans. 




Farm 



for Sale ! 



TniS farm contr.ins Vj9U acres and is 2Ji 
miles from Yellow Creek, Stephenson Co, 111., 
a railroad station. This farm is well im- 
proved has two sprirgB and two wells that 
never failed; also a cistern. A Brethren's 
meeting-houss built on one comer of the farm. 
There is also 32'/j acres of timber land that 
will be sold with the farm. For particulars, 
address, 

SIMON STUDEBAKEli, 
48tf Yellow Creek, 111 . 



It is false, and not true that I liavo 
reduced the retail price of my 
DR. PETERS' REMEDIES. I 
absolutely refuse to sell to peddlers 01 
allow anyone to peddle the Dr. Peters 
Remedies when I know it. Hence, 
peddlers do not love me the more, and 
oftentimes feel constrained to say 
-•laughty things aiioiit me and my medl 
\ ^'\te. My agents are not allowed to sell 
the DR. PETERS REMEDIES un- 
der price, for my prices are Aery low 
; as compared with the prices of oilier first 
class medicines. I alone mnst he judge 
In matters pertaining to my own affairs. 
If you buy l)lood medicine always look 
at the printed cost mark on tlie outside 
I Of bottles, and if it is less than $ 1 .25 
I rest assured that I did }iot make it. My 
i remedies are made to CURE, not sim- 
i ply to physic. 

Nearly tliirty ycar.s' expeilence with 
~»ick people enables me to know their 
wants, .md it is my aim to supply their 
demands, regJirdless of siieciilators. 
Address, 
DR. PETER FAHR.NEY, 

Chleagro, lU' 



Having tiested cancer for over fifteen years, 
I am now prepared to furnish the medicine to 
all tfflicted with ca'cer, fcrofnla or carbun- 
cles, with full directions for successful treit- 
ment. Address with stamp for circalar con 
taining full information. 

ELD P. S. MYERS, 
JiuO ti3l Carroll Ave, Chicago, 111. 



Great Thing for Agents! 



A great tiling. Everybodj likes it. Huix- 
d/eds of agents write us that it boats all things 
to S;3ll, and that the people come to them for 
it. 

(". H. Hudson, Pastor of M E Church says: 
' (joods received; sold 42 boxes in bix hours." 

Miss H. E. Koyer writes: "Send ni'i ."> gross. 
The people are pressing me for it 1 can make 
from .■53 to $•'1 every day J go out." Agents 
make 180 per cent, and to risk. We pay a'l 
cxpri'Es charees and redeem all unsohl goods, 
and we give eich agent a nice potent worth 
from -SI. M to i'.H't This is a great chanc- 
for canvassing agents. Partijulars free, or a 
sample and outfit for a J-cent stamp, or a trial 
doz^n for25 cont^. Address, 

KOSE JELLY CO.. 
4t3eov. Niw Midway, I'redonck Co , Md. 



New F loral Cards 

Having taken special pains, we are now 
enabled to Rupply SiiltdHf/ScliootH with 
he following choice varieties: 

No. 1.— 'ThelJeanty." Very beautiful floral 
cards with eight designs of different flowers, 
with Scriptural verse. W in pack. Price. 20 
cents. 

NO, 2.— "The Choice." A new Sunday-school 
card, very fine, eight designs, with marine 
viewi?, landsciippH and flowers, and .'•'cripturnl 
verpf .")0 in pack. Price, 2.'i cents 

No. :;.— "The Gem." New floral cards got- 
ten up especially for our patrons, containing 
twenty bfimtifid designs, — landscapes, the 
seasons and a largo variety of beauiifid flow- 
ers. .50 in a pack Price, 3.") cents 

No. 4 —'The Koso of Sharon." A new se- 
ries of largo Sunday-school cards, of four do- 
signs of roses of different kinds,— very fine. 
25 in a pack. Price. 20 cents. Address, 

BRKTnnEM's FcCf-LSHTNO Co. 

Mt. Morris. Ill 
()- Hf.» .W, lMir,t,ini.'d...,. Ph. 

" Ln- ;•;>;( Ei.f.r.n," that i.s wliat may 
truly be said of our IManl'.scrii'T Taij 
l.F.T.s. Tlic pnpei', while of good quality, 
is light enough that you can send quite 
a number of pages in one letter without 
increasing the postage. Price, 20 cents 
per tablet, post-paid. Address thisoflicc. 



J. B. COLCLESSER, 

EOANOKE, lNi> , Breeder and Shipper of 
Purely-bred, liecorded, Poland-China 
Swine. Purchases have been made of the 
most noted Breeders of Indiana and Ohio. 
My Breeding Stock is all First-class. Pigs 
for Sale, of both Sex, not akin, ('orras- 
pimdnncp Solinitnd 



Victor Remedies! 

FORMULA OV I)U P I). FAHHNKY. 

These Remedies are sold with a guar- 
antee that, if thcv do not prove what we 
claim after the patient u=cs one-half of a 
bottle, the mone\ will he refunded hv 
the agent. 

^Vho can ask for fairer tei'ms.' 

The \'ictor Remedies are within the 
reach of ever}- merchant or medicine 
dealer. The easiest way to get them is 
to ask your merchant for them. Get 
your friends to Ssk for the Victor Rem- 
edies. He may not have them, but fre- 
quetTt demand will cause him to gel 
them. 

Agents wanted everv-whorc. 
Address 

\'n TOR ReaiediksCo., 
P. O. Box 53^, Frederick, Md. 



Any one wishing to learn about the 
County and Cit^- of McPherson, Kan., 
the place selected as the Location of the 
German Baptist College, will please cor- 
respond with 

BRADLEY & WRIGHT, 
Ileal Estate Agents, 

McPherson, Kan. 

31it25 

WHEN YOU TRAVEL 

Take the 

Line selected by the United States Governmen-t to carry 

ttie Fast tVlail,— the 



Burlington 
RutilB 

C.B.S(1.RR. 



As it is the Line running Through Trains to and from tha 
following cities and towns on its own Lines; 

CHICAGO, 

AURORA, OTTAWA, 

STREATOR.ROCKFORD, DUBUQUE, 

LACROSSE, ST. PAUL, MINNEAPOLIS, 

MENDOTA, PEORIA, GALESBURG, ST. LOUIS, 

QUINCY, KEOKUK, BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON, 

OSKALOOSA, DES MOINES, CHARITON, 

CRESTON, ST. JOSEPH, ATCHISON, 

KANSAS CITY, NEBRASKA CITY, 

OMAHA, COUNCIL BLUFFS, 

LINCOLN & DENVER, 

Making Direct Connections 

TO AND FROM 

NEW YORK, 

BALTIMORE, WASHINGTON, 

GINGINNATI,PHILADELPHIA,BOSTON, 

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISVILLE, SAN FRANCISCO, 

LOSANGELES,SALTLAKECITY, COLORADO AND 

PACIFIC COAST RESORTS, CITY OF MEXICU, 

PORTLAND, OREGON, MANITOBA, 

VICTORIA AND PUBET SOUND 

POINTS. 



Good Equipment, 

Good Service, 

Good Connection. 



For information concerning fho Burlington Route, apply 
to the nearest Ticket Agent of the C, B. & Q. or con- 
necting railroads. 
HRNRY B.STONE, PAUL MORTON, 

S-tlisni! H*B»a>r, Goa'l P«9. 4 Ticlwt *j?V. 





" Set for tlie Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the Post-Office at Mt. Morris, 111. 
as Second Class Matter. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Jan. 31, 1888. No. 3> 



Vol. 26, Old Series. 



THE aOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BBUMBADGH, Editor, 

AnA Buemess Manager of the Eastern House, Box 50. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

We have been informed of the death of sister Beel- 
man, wife of Eld. Adam Beelman, who passed away 
not long since. 

It is with a degree of sadness that we note the death 
of Bro. John W. Faust, of the Jan.es Creek congrega- 
tion. He was yet comparatively young, and prom- 
ised a useful Christian life, as he was a man of excel- 
lent spirit, and was beloved by all who knew him, both 
in and out of the church. He leaves a widow, but no 
children. 



REWARD AND PUNISHMENT. 



One of our patrons requests our views on the re- 
wards of the good and the punishments of the wicked. 
Will there be any difference in the rewards to the 
good and the punishments of the wicked.^ 

A great many persons have been pondering over 
these questions and are trying to answer them — and 
with what degree of success must he determined by 
themselves. On the questions we have no direct 
Scripture, and this being so, we are not abVe'to go far 
beyond what is generally said to be "my opinion." 

Dante's hell, as he saw it, is made in stratas, declivi- 
ties, marshe.";, bogs and seas of iire to suit the different 
classes that have their lots cast on the left side. The 
degrees of misery there represented are for such as are 
similar in degree of sinfulness; and so with his heaven. 
We are so accustomed lo the degree of punishment be- 
ing in proportion to the crime committed, that it would 
be hard for us to recognize justice in anything else. 
Hence, the general opinion of those who have given 
the subject some thought, is, that rewards and penal- 
ties, in the future world, will be somewhat in propor- 
tion to the good and bad done in this life, accepting the 
modifying circumstances of knowledge and possibili- 
ties. 

Our opinion is, that no good done will be passed un- 
rewarded, and no evil unpunished. This is in harmony 
with, " Whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also 
reap." The man that sows in the devil's fields without 
expecting a crop, will be disappointed. 

There are modifying circumstances that must not be 
overlooked. " And that servant which knew his lord's 
will and prepared not himself, neither did according to 
his will, shall be beaten with many stripes; but he that 
knew not and did things worthy of stripes, shall be 
beaten with few stripes." In this expression of right, 
as given by the Master, we get the idea of justice in 
the highest sense. He recognizes conditions that are 
not found in human law. Our laws make no provision 
for ignorance or circumstances. It is supposed that 
every citizen shall inform himself of existing laws, and 
if he fails to do this, in cases of violation, he suffers 
the consequences. But the divine law provides for hu- 
man frailties, and his responsibilities are somewhat in 
proportion to his possibilities. As there is a difference 
in the number of stripes given, there must follow a 
difference in the degree of punishment. 

The advice given by the Master to his disciples, in 
regard to sinning against others, also strongly infers a 
difference in degree of punishment, " Verily I say unto 
thee. Thou shalt by no means come out thence until 
thou hast paid the uttermost farthing." Justice, in 
every case, must be satisfied. If the debt of sin is 
small, the punishinent will be in proportion ; and the 
same way, if large. 



As to the rewards of the good, we hold the same 
view as we do of the punishment of the bad; they will 
be in proportion to the good accomplished, modified by 
attending opportunities and possibilities. In Revelation 
it is said, "Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord, 

. . . . for they rest from their labors, and their 
works do follow them." They not onl3' rest from 
their labor, but they are made partakers of the fruits of 
the labor done while in life. The plain inference is, 
that those who have labored much will have much 
fruit to enjoy, and those wlio have done but little, 
their fruit will be in proportion to their labor done. 

You may ask, Why discuss the subject.' We an- 
swer, Because we have been repeatedly requested to do 
so, and because it is a profitable subject for discussion. 
God is holding out induceinents for us to labor. He has 
rewards for us, and he wants us to have them, but un- 
less we do the labor, the fruit can not follow. Don't 
talk about free grace until we have done that which it 
is our duty to do. After doing all this, we are only 
unprofitable servants, and are then saved by grace. 

The day is far spent, and soon will the night come 
wherein no man can work, therefore we should be up 
and doing. There is much for us to do, and only a short 
time in which we can do it. We fear we do not feel 
this as we should. As individuals, ourcourse will soon 
be run, and upon /iotv the course is run depends the 
crown. Let us think jf thio and determine to put forth 
renewed and enlarged efforts in trying to do the work 
the Master has left for us. 

As a church, we have much land yet to take. Thou- 
sands upon thousands are yearly dying without the 
consolations of the gospel of Christ, and the sound, 
" Go ye," continues to thunder into the church's ears. 
Will we hear— will we heed.' The call is upon us, and 
to be loyal and faithful we must give heed, and go. 



THE NEW COMMANDMENT. 



For our last prayer- meeting we had the above sub- 
ject, and wc were impressed with it as never before. 
The commandments, as before given, were strong, and, 
seemingly, covered every phase of human duty. — 
Among the old ones was one very similar to the new 
one. It is, " Love thy neighbor as thyself." The new 
one is, " That you love one another; as 1 have loved 
you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all 
men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one 
to another." 

In meditating on the subject, there were two leading 
thoughts in it that especially impressed our mind. 

The first was the difference between the two com- 
mands, that at first sight seem to be so nearly alike. 
Loving our neighbor as ourself is ver^' different from 
loving one another as Christ loved us. The old law 
was eye for eye and tooth for tooth, and neighbor 
did not necessarily mean those who lived nearest, but 
those who were on social and religious equality. Out- 
side of this the old commandment did not apply. But 
in the new commandment we are to love one another 
as Christ loved us, as sinners, as his enemies, because 
such we were when ha- first loved us. "But God com- 
mendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet 
sinners, Christ died for us." The new commandment 
is boundless. To it there seems to be no limit, even 
unto death. We are not only to love each other as 
Christian neighbors, but our love is to reach out to 
sinners, and even our enemies are to be remembered; 
so that the new commandment is as much superior to 
the old as the Christian dispensation is to the Jewish. 

The second thought was, making it the mark of dis- 
tinction, the badge of discipleship. It is made by 
Christ himself, the cap-stone of the "true test." 



Among men, in his da3', there were many classes 
and nationalities. They all had their distinctive marks 
by which their class or nationality was made known. 
In almost every case the form of the costume was made 
the mark of distinction. The Jews, the scribes, and 
Pharisees had their peculiar form of costuine by which 
they were known ; the Gentiles had theirs The differ- 
ent nationalities had theirs. The soldier had his uni- 
form to distinguish him as a man of war, and even 
Christ was known as a Nazarene by the form of gar- 
ment he wore. 

Christ made no specific objection to any of these 
outward marks of disiinction, but not one of these 
would answer as a distinctive mark for his people, as 
his kingdom was to extend over all natior.s and to in- 
clude men and women of all nationalities. Hence his 
mark of distinction must not consist in the form of the 
garment, in a badge, or in outward appearance, but it 
must be something that can be common to all men — 
to all people and to all nationaliiies. This mark must 
be one of charactei' and principle, one that %>-ill indicate 
the principles of his people, his subjects. This mark, 
this badge of discipleship, he makes the principle of 
" love." " By this shall <?// men know that ye are my 
disciples, if ye have love one to another." Ab )ut 
this mark of distinction there can bt- no question, as we 
have it in the Master's own words, and the sign, mark, 
or badge can be as universal as iiis religion is- intended 
to be. The wisdom in making this the test badge is, 
that it can be accepted by all nations and peoples with- 
out interfering with their customs, tastes and national 
prejudices. Had he chosen any other distinctive iriark, 
there would have been opposition developed at once, as 
it is more difficult to get people away froin actepted 
customs and class and national prejudices, than it is to 
introduce the principles of the gospel. 

At the first general introduction of Christianity, on 
the day of Pentecost, it is said there were dwelling at 
Jerusalem, Jews, devout men, out of every nation under 
heaven, — Parthians, Medes, Elamites, from Mesopota- 
inia, and in Judea, and Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, from 
Egypt, from Rome, and Cretes and Arabians. All 
these nationalities were there and heard the wonderful 
works of God. And inany, no doubt, from all the 
places named, believed and were baptized, and returned 
home with this new coinmandment imbedded in their 
hearts and exemplified m their actions and lives. No 
wonder the unbelieving and heathens were made to 
say, " See how these Christians love each other." 
They carried with them that true and unmistakable 
badge that Christ had given, — " By this shall all men 
know that ye are my disciples." 

Brethren and sisters, the question with us is, Have 
we accepted this new commandment.- Can we be 
known as the disciples of Christ by this badge 
of distinction.' Human badges and forms of cos- 
tumes are used to show to what organizations we be- 
long, but they are not the true mark of discipleship. 
These things are all right and useful in their places, 
but the child of God, the true disciple, must have 
something more — the new commandment, — " love one 
to another." How expressive, how beautiful, how 
true! " Love one to another as I have loved vou." If 
we are filled with this love, there will be no mistake 
about our being known. Whether we be American, 
European, African, Laplander, or Chinaman, this love 
will make itself manifest. Love is the mother of obe- 
dience, and on our obedience to all tlie commands of 
the Lord rests our proinise of salvation. Love is the 
power wheel of the whole system of religion. Let it 
be present, and the whole machine runs in loving and 
harmonious order. 



ti6 



rHF. GOSPHL MPCSSKXGER 



lau. 31, 1888, 



:kjss^i^s. 



"Study to show thyself spproved unto G>.>d; aworkiu8:i that 

ue<?deth not tK> ashaniKl. riphtJy diTiiliiiK tho 

Word of Truth." 



THE LIGHTS ALONG THE SHORE. 



There are light* b_v tho shore o( iliat countrv . 

Where m_v bark amid perils I steer, 
And thev ever grow brighter and brighter. 

.\s that glorious haven I near. 

There are lights b_v the shore as we journev. 
As we tloat down the river of lime, 

AH the davs of our pilgrimage brighten 
With a radiance trulv sublime. 

O. thev tell of a hope that will cheer us, 
In the midst of our sorrow^ and cares, 

When the lamp on our vessel burns diinl v, 
WeT. watch for tiie glimmer of theirs. 

Tiien forget not to keep vour light shining. 

O. Christian, be earnest and true, 
For a soul in life's ocean may perish. 

>rriv fink in the wavos but for von. 

.1/,7;r E. McCulchcn. 

HOW TO CONDUCT A SERIES OF MEETINGS, 



r.v n. c. MOO>[.\w. 



1. Thehe shoiild be harmony among the 
members of a congregation that proposes to 
hold one. 

2. The members shoukl pledge themselves 
to do all they can to make it a success. 

M. Call to your aid a minister who is will- 
ing to stny ^vith you until all the fruits of 
the work are gathered. One who will run 
home to look after his stock or farm in the 
midst of the battle is not a good soldier. 

■i. Call one who will preach the gospel, the 
whole gospel, and nothing but the gospel, 
and is able to show a " Thus saith the Lord," 
for all he preaches. 

.5. Do not pick out one who is called a 
" big gun,'" to the neglect of others. So- 
called "big guns" win do effective work at 
long range, but in a hand-to-hand fight the 
light artillery does the best work. 

fj. Ti'hen the meeting commences let the 
members of the congregation suspend their 
secular work so far as to be ready for the 
services, with all their children and hired 
lielp, promptly, at the appointed hour. 

7. If all the family ca^ not go to meeting, 
make the arrangements so that the uncon- 
verted part can go. It is for their benefit, 
jnainly, that the meetiug is held. While 
your unconverted children are at meeting 
and you are at home keeping house, spend 
the evening reading God's Word and praying 
for the success of the meeting. \ 

S. During the day visit any of your neigh- j 
l)or8 who seem to be anxious about religion, ' 
and ascertain the state of their mind, and ! 
talk with them, and, if there are any diffical- | 
ties of doctrine, state them to the minister, | 
and thus keep him j^iosted as to the effects of ! 
his preaching. 

0. Talk to your children in a discreet way 
about the all-important question. Don't 
spend the day fussing and fuming about 
your business and then rush off to the meet- 
ing at a late hour and then complain if your 
children become disgusted with religion, 



10. Don't suffer a little rain or mud or 
cold weather to keep you from the meeting. 
Give it the benefit of the same zeal and self- 
sacrifice that you show on a sale or court 
day. It is greatly depressing to the spirit of 
a minister who leaves his family, and travels 
scores and hundreds of miles to preach for 
your people,— to preach to soulless, irrespon- 
sible benches while you lounge indolently 
around your hot stove, or idle away the pre- 
cious hours in your easy chair. 

11. At the close of the sermon, which 
should not exceed one hour in length, with 
corresponding breadth and depth, let an in- 
vitation hymn be sung, and while the singing 
is being done, if you see any friend in the 
congregation who seems to be under convic- 
tion, go to him or her in a quiet, unobtrusive 
way and speak a word of encouragement. 
Quote a passage of Scripture, relative to the 
office of Christ in the work of reconciliation, 
and persuade them to come to him. 

12. Don't Avorry (this to the Martha's at 
home) about providing dainties for the 
preacher to eat. If he is of the right spirit, 
he does not want them. Give him plain 
every-day fare, and be sure to make the room 
in which he sleeps as comfortable as fire and 
warm blankets can make it. . It is not over- 
work as much as imperfect sleeping arrange- 
ments that impair the health of those w^ho 
labor much in evangelistic work. 

13. Do not suppose that a meeting which 
produces no conversions is a failure. No 
meeting where the gospel is preached fails 
in the sight or estimation of God. Preach- 
ing to-day may not bear fruit till next year, 
or the year following, or later. Let all do 
their full measure of duty and leave the re- 
sults to the Master of the vineyard. 

These are a few hints concerning the best 
methods of conducting a series of meetings, 
as they have occurred to me in past experi- 
ences, and they are j)rayerfully submitted to 
those who are interested in siich work. 

Jem. ft, 18SS. 

SOUNDS FROM THE GOSPEL HARP. 

BV W.M. M. JAOX. 
" Wliat i^ that to us.- Sec thou to tluil." Matt. 2-j:j^. 

What encouragement to a poor penitent! 
Poor Judas realized his awful condition, 
" saw that he Avas condemned," made open 
confession, cast down the accursed posses- 
sion, repented, did all, all that a poor mortal 
could do, placed in a similar condition. If 
any other than Judas had acted thus, and 
had brought forth such " fruits meet for re- 
pentance," you would say, " Forgive, accept 
his offering, receive him, what more can he 
do?" But all in vain. His only comfort is, 
" What is that to usV See thou to that." As 
much as to say, '■ You haf^^suffered yourself 
to be ' used as a tool ' for us to accomplish 
our evil work; now wc are done with you; it 
is for you to reap the reward. Don't come 
any longer; we can do nothing for you, not- 
withstanding your good resolves and your 
desires to retract and make amends." 

But here comes friend B. who has still re- 
fused to live for Christ. He has been listen- 



■ ing to our comments on Judas. " Well," 
: says he, " Judas must certainly have been the 
''. most wicked wretch that ever lived. Just 
j think of it! Sold the Lord of glory for thir- 
; ty pieces of silver, sixteen dollars and ninety- 
1 six cents, the legal price of a slave! What 

an atrocious crime! " Pvight here friend H's 
comimnions come up and all unite in render- 
ing the verdict against him. 

" Yes, my friends," said I, " I will agree 
with you that Judas was a very evil charac- 
ter, and when he tried to remedy his condi- 
tion he went to the wrong place for relief. 
: But let us change the subject somewhat and 
' come a little nearer home. What have yon 
done for Jesus? "Nothing," is the reply. 
Well, then, what have you done against him? 
, Let us see about that. Judas said, "I have 
Binned in that I have betrayed the innocent 
blood." You have not " betrayed the inno- 

■ cent," but what have you done? Let us see. 
You have been bought with a price — the 

' price of the blood of the world's Redeemer- - 
the Son of God. O, what a price Jesus paid 
for you! You have not " betrayed the inno- 

i cent blood," but you are suffering it to flow 

1 in vain as long as you will not apply it to 
your salvation by obedience to the gospel. 
Y'^ou are trampling his precious blood under 
your feet. Yes, you talk of Judas betraying 
"the innocent blood," and of the wicked 
Jews who shed his redeeming blood, now 

! what are you doing? 

Paul would not help to stojie Stephen to 

; death, but he could stand by and hold the 
clothes for the others. You will not help to 

: crucify Jesus, neither do 1 suppose yon 

' would stand by and hold the clothes of his 
executioners, but by your refusing to obey 

\ Christ, you virtually declare that you do not 

' appreciate the worth, the merit of the Sav- 
ior's blood. 

You say to your loving Savior, " I have no 

' need of thj' blood." O, what ingratitiide do 
you manifest toward your blessed Jesus! 
You say you would not have acted as Judas 
did- Put yourself in his place and how- 
much better would you have done? Then 
stand where you are and take a good look nt 
yourself and then at Judas, and let me know 
how much better you are than he. I am of 

; the opinion that Judas expected Jesus to 
save himself from the hands of his crucifiers, 
as he knew his power was sufficient to accom- 
plish this, if exercised by him, but he was 
disappointed. 

In my imagination I can hear Judas after 
the condemnation of Jesus, saying, "Would 
to God I could undo what T have done. But 
I thought Jesus would save himself. Noav 

i his blood is upon me, for I have betrayed 
him into the hands of his murderers." Sin- 
ners, what are you doing with tlie blood of 

I Jesus. 

We hear a great deal of talking these days 
as to how and what our singing should be. 

I Some say, " You sing too fast; you are losing 
sight of the true object and sing more for 

] sound and music than anything else." Oth- 
ers say, " You sing too slow. Let us have 
something more lively." And so it goes. 
Now, jn regard to this matter, as in evei-y- 



thing else, there are two extremes. The ob- 
ject should be, then, to choose the mecliuiu, 
avoiding both extremes. God is after the 
heart melody, and if we sing from the soul, 
in the earnest of the spirit, let the tune be 
fast or slow, the Lord will accept it. Let us 
not think that because we use the old-fash- 
ioned and slow tunes alone that this will be 
sufficient. This of itself, is no evidence of 
God's acceptation. While we are within the 
limits of reason, we should not refuse to 
sing merely because the tune is not just as 
we would have it. The Lord is not going to 
accept your singing because you sing grand- 
father's tune, but because you sing for 
Christ's sake and let Jesus " carry the tune." 
So we see we are not able in this one re- 
spect to found our practices upon the most 
primitive basis of the gospel era. We can 
not go to the apostles to get them to " set the 
tune and lead in singing." Hence we must 
be governed by the general order of things. 
No doubt but thai in reference to singing, 
we are as far from the apostles' tunes as Ome- 
ga from Alpha. " Let all things be done de- 
cently and in order." This rule will apply 
here. " Let every man be fully persuaded 
in his own mind." 

There must and will be diversity of man- 
ners in singing, just as there is in reading, 
talking or public speaking. If Bro. A. prays 
too fast for me, let me hold my peace; if too 
slow, must I dictate ? Then what law is to 
be our guide when it comes to singing? Who 
will say? 



AN EXPLANATION QIVEN. 



BY J. H. MOOKE. 



Bro. S. S. Mohlee, on page 11, of current 
volurde of the Messenger, has asked me to 
explain several points. 

1. " In what sense does faith change the 
heart?" 

Ans. — In the sense of changing it from un- 
belief to belief. The engrafted Word is de- 
posited in the heart, and as it takes hold of 
the heart and grows, it changes the heart. If 
the Word does not take hold in the heart 
there will be no- growth, and of course no 
faith. The simple act of the Word taking 
hold of the heart may very properly be 
called conception, or begetting. The Word 
being a seed, has in it a living principle that 
will grow in the heart and produce a new 
creature after the similitude of Christ; it be- 
ing a law that seed will produce its like. To 
produce this growth, the heart must take 
hold of the Word, and the Word hold of the 
heart. The Word may, sometimes, remain 
in the heart for years before it takes hold, or 
before the heart gets into a proper condition 
to permit the grov/th. 

2. If this growth continues, it will soon 
produce a turning, or change, in the action. 
This change is called repentance, and that 
is why repentance changes the conduct. It 
is a ceasing to do evil, and learning to do 
well; or turning from evil to good. It is the 
first perceptible working of faith. It may 
very properly be called quickening. The 



next step after this is the new birth, or being 
born again. In the spiritual work of regen- 
eration there are three cardinal steps: 

(a) The Word taking hold of the heart, 
called faith. 

(b) The growth of that Word in the heart 
till it produces a turning, that being the 
meaning of the word repentance. 

(c) The birth, called baptism. 

All this is not only the clear meaning of 
the Scriptures, but it is in perfect accord 
with the construction of the human mind. I 
often explain these points at length in my 
preaching, but have never taken the time to 
write them out as they are fixed in my mind. 
Suffice it to say, just now, that the gospel is 
just as systematic in all its points as any 
well-developed science. 

3. '* Why does he say that faith precedes 
repentance?" 

Ans. — Because it is not Twssible for a man 
to repent until he has faith. To repent with- 
out faith would be a sin, or a violation of law, 
for whatsoever is not of faith is sin. Fur- 
thermore, it would not please God, for with- 
out faith it is impossible to please God. If 
a man undertakes to repent before he has 
faith, he not only sins, but fails to please 
God. The Lord has no use for a man who 
has no faith in what he is doing. 



■ maa g ^ * # » ■dfBs»^' 



WHY SHOULD NOT WOMEN PEEACH ? 



BY JOHN FORNEY. 



The above is a question often asked by 
many of our brethren and sisters, as well as 
by other people, not identified with us. I 
must confess that this question, like many 
others, is much easier asked than answered. 

Many contend that woman has the same 
right to preach as man, and we have seen 
long and able articles written on the subject, 
or, at least, by able advocates of the subject. 
Yet many think the Scriptural testimony was 
not strong enough to rely on it as safe 
ground. 

For me to answer this question and say 
she has a right, that will not give lier a right 
if the Holy Scriptures do not authorize her 
to do so. If the Scrijptures give her the 
right to preach, then all that I, or any other 
man could do against it could not change it. 
What little I know of the order of God's 
house, which is the church, I have to learn 
from the Bible. I have tried o*icr fifty-foiir 
years to read and study' the Bible, and was 
often caused to wonder why it was that God 
chose out men to achieve his purposes. In 
about everything God has done, through the 
agency of man, since the fall, he chose men 
to do his public works, — not only to be sent 
out as i^rophets, as we see in Enoch and 
Noah, but also in making sacrifices as illus- 
trated by Cain and Abel. 

Again, we have Melchisedec, Abram, Mo- 
ses, Aaron, and the priesthood ; also the rul- 
ers that Moses was to set over Israel, " rulers 
of thousands, and rulers of hundreds, rulers 
of fifties, and rulers of tens." Ex. 18: 21, 
All the above were chosen, men. 



We now come to the later prophets, whom 
God called and sent out to warn the people. 
They Avere all men, from Samuel down to 
Malachi. We have incidental cases in the 
Old Testament where Avomen were very in- 
strumental in assisting men, even in public 
work. Such were Deborah and Jael, the 
wife of Heber. Jael covered Sisera with a 
mantle, and when the great Avarrior Avas 
asleep she droA'e a nail through his temples 
and fastened it into the ground. And so she 
conquered him in her OAvn house, Avhen Bar- 
ak could not slay him with his ten thousand 
men at his command. Judges 4. 

We could cite you to some other circum- 
stances where women accomplished a work 
at home, that the men of Avar could not ac- 
conqjlish in the battle field, but Ave Avant to 
imitate the example of our Lord Jesus 
Christ In tlie first place Ave may ask the 
question, " Why did the Lord Jesus Christ, 
in choosing his tweh'e apostles, choose them 
all from the male sex? Why did he not 
choose that chaste Mary, or some of those 
other holy, devoted Avomen that folloAved not 
only to his crucifixion, but to the sepulcher?]" 
Then again, Avhen he called soA^enty more and 
sent them out two by two, he sent all men,- 
not a woman in all this chosen number of 
eighty-two. He told them, " I send you as 
lambs and as sheep, in the midst of Avolves." 
Matt. 10: 16; Luke 10: 3. 

NoAv, Avhen Judas fell from the apostleship, 
another was to be chosen. Here Ave see 
again they chose a man, instead one of those 
holy women, they had witJi them in their as- 
sembly. 

Next we come to Acts 6. Here was a call 
made for seven men to be set apart for 
church business. They chose all men again. 

Next is Acts 13 : 2, 3, Avhere two apostles 
were to be ordained, namely Barnabas and 
Paul. We find no woman yet in our investi- 
gation of the New Testament. But let its 
look farther. What does Paul say about the 
officers of the church ? "If a man desireth 
the office of a bishop, he desireth a good 
work. A bishop then must be blameless, the 
husband of one Avife." " Let the deacons be 
the husband of one Avife." 1 Tim. 3: 1, 2, 
12, also Titus 1: 6-9. 

We may truly ask here, Why must bishops 
and deacons be the husbands of one wife? 
Why could not a bishop or deacon be the 
wife of one husband, or some chaste virgin, 
or some other good, pious woman, of which 
Ave have so many in this age of the world, 
and well qualified to preach, too? 

Paul says, in 1 Cor. 11: 34, 35, "Let your 
AA^omeu keep silence in the churches: for it is 
not permitted unto them to speak; for it is a 
shame for a Avoman to speak in the church." 
In 1 Tim. 2: 12, he says; " But I suffer not a 
Avoman to teach." Then he closes the sub- 
ject Avith the following strong language, 
What! came the Word of God out from you':' 
or came it unto you only? If any man think 
himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him 
acknowledge that the things that I write un- 
to yoii are the commandments of the Lord." 
1 Cor. 14: 86, 37. 



OS 



1 I-IB aOSl^Kl. MKSSKXGBR 



J Jill. 31, 1888. 



■•Bur, ' saith one, "we also hear Tau], iu 
some of liis epistles, speak of many womei), 
sxich as Phebe, Priscilln and Mary, who be- 
stowed much labor on iis. and a number ot 
other women that ministered in the gospel 
unto him, and with him." We also read in 
Matt. 27: 55. 5(>; Mark 15: 10—47, of many 
women who followed Jesus froiu Galilee, and 
ministered unto him. 

There is not one word said in all the above 
texts, that any of them preached the gospel 
publicly to the world, the same as men did. 
We have a plain precept given by Paul to 
the aged women to be " teachers of good 
things, that they may teach the young wom- 
en to be sober, to love their husbands, to 
love their children." Titus 2: 3, 4. "Like- 
wise, ye wives, be iu subjection to your own 
husbands; that if any obey not the word, 
they also may without the word be won by 
the conversation of the wives; while they be- 
hold your chaste conversation coupled with 
fear." 1 Pet. 3. 

Here we again learu that the holy women 
can gain souls by their chaste conduct of life. 
Now, if nothing can be found that will give 
us stronger evidence in favor of women 
preaching publicly, the testimony is rather 
weak to prove that it is a Scriptural duty 
that women should preach. 

I will now change the subject and give a 
few thoughts in favor of woman. I do not 
look upon woman to be inferior to man. It 
is not on that account that she should be ex- 
empt fi'om being a servant of the church in 
preaching the gospfl the same as' man, nei- 
ther is it for lack of talent or influence. No. 
no. If I understand my Bible right it is a 
higher motive that God had in view, when 
he laid the burden on the man. God had a 
higher office for the woman to fill, and hence 
exalted her above the man, in this that he 
granted her the honor to bring the Piedeem- 
er into the world. Man had no hand in it. 
God made choice of the seed of the woman 
to bruise the serpent's head. God bestowed 
great honor upon the woman. Man could 
only talk of this great event that was to take 
place. Holy men prophesied about it, point- 
ed out his birth-place, looked for it, and de- 
sired to see it, but had to wait till the proper 
time for the woman, to bring it about. Many 
other good and holy men pointed him out by 
types and figures in blood sacrifices, that were 
offered year by year. They preached much 
about this coming Messiah in public, and in 
the synagogues, but with all their public 
preaching and many great sacrifices they 
could not give birth to the Son of God. The 
quiet, holy woman was found worthy to be 
saluted by the aogel and to be overshadowed 
by the power of the Highest, and to have the 
power of the Holy Ghost, to bring forth this 
Great One '= to be called the Son of God." It 
was the woman that ministered unto Jesus. 
Woman washed his feet first with tears, and 
anointed his body first for burial. Women 
loved him, and they sympathized with liim 
on the cross. They wept for him, and ij^e- 
pared the last spices to anoint his body. 
Methinks woman has done a greater work in 
her private and quiet way, for the salvation 



and redemption of man, than men can ever 
do with all their great works and their much 
preaching. Yet preaching is the duty of 
man, and Paul said, "Woe unto me if I 
preach not the gospel," while he comforts the 
woman that she shall be saved by another 
mission, "if they continue in faith and char- 
ity and holiness with sobriety." 1 Tim. 2: 15. 
Let us look at man once more before we 
close this subject,' and it may be possible we 
can come to some conclusion why God made 
man the public servant, to leave his home 
and family and go out as a sheep amongst 
wolves, and fight the devil and all infidel 
forces. The reason is plain when we take 
into consideration all the circumstances in 
reference to man and woman, and our God. 
All Bible readers know that as soon as 
Christ, the Lord, was born by the woman, 
men sought after his life. What is it that 
was not done by the Avicked hands of men, all 
along the line down to Christ? They were 
opposed to God's plan concerning his Son 
and his doctrine. It was by the band of man 
that the prophets were killed and the Lord 
crucified. Idol worship was preached up 
and fought for by men, all becairse they op- 
posed the true God. Since it is true, then, 
that by the works of men and their preach- 
ing God was resisted and false doctrines 
spread over the world, until the world was 
deluged with sin and unbelief, — is it not 
reasonable that man should go forth into all 
the world to undo this work of idolatry and 
unbelief, and establish the true worship of 
God and the name of Jesus Christ? 



WHAT BECAME OF THE THIEF ? 



BY GEORGE WORST. 



In Luke 23: 42, we read something refer- 
ring to the above case. The language is this, 
" And he said unto Jesus, Lord remember 
me when thou comest into thy kingdom." 
Verse 43 says, " And Jesus said unto him. 
Verily I say unto you. To-day shalt thou be 
with me in paradise." 

Various opinions prevail on the above sub- 
ject. I once heard a minister say, " The hole 
through which the thief got into heaven, 
somebody else can get through." It is clear 
to every observant eye that the impression is 
aimed to be made, that the thief got to heav- 
en without baptism, and others can get there 
without as well as he did. 

It is a gtgat pity that men labor so hard 
to evade to obey God in the simple and easy 
plan by which we may get to heaven. We 
may be glad that we can get to heaven on 
the easy terms of the gospel, and should not 
try to evade the terms. 

The thief desired to be remembered when 
Jesus came into his kingdom, but the Savior 
assured him that he should be with him in 
paradise, " and even that very day." He did 
not answer the thief's question direct, but 
answered him as above stated. The question 
is, where did the Savior go that day? The 
critic may say, "He went to Paradise." I 
say, " Where is Paradise?" It surely is not 
heaven, for after he was raised from the dead, 
he told Mary Magdalene, saying, " Touch me 



not, for I am not yet ascended to my Father, 
but go to my brethren and say unto them, 1 
ascend unto my Father, and your Father; to 
my God and your God." John 20: 17. 

Now if the body lay three days iij the 
grave and after that time he told Mary Mag- 
dalene that he had not yet " ascended to his 
Father," or to heaven, and he promised the 
thief that he might be with him the same 
day that he was crucified, he must surely 
have been some place else than to heaven. 

The question for us is, to try and locate 
the place where the Savior was from the 
time he said, " It is finished," until the time 
that Mary Magdalene met him. I presume 
no one will deny that the Savior's body laid 
in the grave over the Jewish Sabbath, and 
that Christ arose early on the first day of the 
week, for the two Mary's had prepared spices 
and rested over the Sabbath, according to 
the commandment. When they came, on the 
first day of the week, when it was yet early, 
he was not there, but was risen. 

Body and spirit had separated when Christ 
died, and while the body was lying in the 
tomb, the spirit was at some other place. If 
it was not resting, it was engaged in doing 
something. In 1 Pet. 3: 18-20, we read: 
" For Christ also hath once suffered for sins, 
the just for the unjust, that he might bring 
us to God, being put to death in the flesh, 
but quickened -by the Spirit: by Which also 
he went and preached unto the spirits in 
prison; which sometime were disobedient, 
when once the longsuftering of God waited 
in the days of Noah," etc. 

Now, if the Spirit of Christ did not go and 
preach to the spirits in prison, or to those 
who lived in the antediluvian world and were 
imprisoned in Paradise to await the arrival 
of Christ to hear the gospel, while his body 
lay in the grave, I do not know what that 
gospel means which you read in 1 Pet. 4: 6, 
which says, " For for this cause was the gos- 
pel preached also to them that are dead that 
they might be judged according to men in 
the flesh, but live according to God in the 
Spirit." The antediluvian world had a 
right to hear the gospel, and the design of 
God was, to give it to them. This was a very 
fitting time to send it to them. 

The assurance that Jesus gave to the thief 
to be with him in Paradise that day, Avas 
simply for the following reason: The thief 
repented on the cross at a time Avhen he could 
not obey the commandments, so Jesus gave 
him a chance with the imprisoned souls to 
hear the gospel and be saved on the same 
terms with them. 

SELECT NOTES. 



BY .J. B. LAIR. 



— Recently, in conversation with an old 
gentleman, about four score years old, — we 
had occasion to quote some Scripture. The 
old man replied that he did not believe that. 
We kindly asked him if he believed in God. 
He replied, he did. We then asked him if 
he believed the Bible. He said he believed 
part of it. We asked him what part of it he 
believed. He replied, that which was rea- 



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THE GOSPEL iVEESSKNGER 



69 



sonable, and remarked that " anybody ought 
to have common sense enough to know what 
to believe." In further conversation we 
learned that he is no exception to the rule, 
but is only one of those — and there are many, 
too^who believe that they have a right to 
impose means or conditions of salvation; 
have the privilege to do only that which they 
think is right. In other words, they worship 
God according to their own reasoning, re- 
gardless of what Christ taught^ If God has 
left it to man, to worship him according to 
his own way of thinking, we w'ould be jjleased 
to find it. It can not be found, and hence 
the poor, deluded mortals that presume to 
obtain eternal life by doing what they, in 
their ignorance, blindness and carnality, 
think is right, will be woefully deceived. 

— The question is sometimes asked. Why is 
Christ called both the " Son of God," and the 
" Son of man " ? Ans. —He is the Son of God 
by origin, and the Son of man by descent 
or birth. 

— Paul's instructions to the clergy is to 
" feed the flock," not " fleece it," taking the 
oversight, " not by constraint, but by a will- 
ing mind," neither as being lords over 
God's heritage, but being ensamples to the 
flock. 

—In Messenger, No. 24, p. 372, Bro. J. 
H. Miller makes one assertion that I would 
be much pleased to have him explain or 
prove. The remark is this, " The beginning 
of pride was in heaven," etc. After that as- 
sertion, I read with much interest the re- 
maining part of the article, hoping to find 
the proof, but do not find it. I do not think 
that any evil or sin originated in the heaven 
where God dwells. So we may difi'er, unless 
the brother explains. 

— Of the many little mistakes that occur 
in King James' translation, I just refer to 
one that is not often noticed. In Luke 1: 36, 
Elizabeth is called Mary's cousin. A mo- 
ment's reflection will convince any one that 
it is a mistake. That Mary was of the tribe 
of Judah is evident. That Zachariah was of 
the tribe of Levi is just as evident, and un- 
less Zachariah had married out of his tribe, 
which is not probable, they could not have 
been cousins. In the original it is stated 
that they were kinswomen, which they were, 
from Jacob, and probably no nearer. 

— Neither water nor air remain pure when 
kept in a neutral state. Water that does not 
move becomes stagnant and poisonous. Air 
that does not circulate will soon possess 
properties that will produce death. Just so 
with the Christians. While they are in an 
inactive state, they are in danger of death. 

IS A CERTAIN FORM OF DRESS TAUGHT 
IN THE BIBLE ? 



BY A. W. WAGONEE. 



I ANSWER, indirect, if not direct. There is 
underlying and running through all of God's 
works and teaching, a principle as firm and 
true as is his immutable self. In Gen. 1 : 2, 
we read, " The earth was without form and 
void." This expresses God's idea of the 



nature of things, and is specifically exempli- 
fied in all his teachings from then till now. 
In every act of acceptable worship there was 
exhibited not only principle and method, but 
form. If either principle or form were 
lacking, the Avorship was rejected. This is 
true of all acts of obedience required, wheth- 
er special or routine. When the time came 
for the flood, he gave specific directions 
as to the form of the ark. When the time 
came to set up the Jewish church, God again 
gave directions for its construction, begin- 
ning with the place of worship, and includ- 
ing all rites and ceremonies. In all this 
there were many forms, — a form for the tab- 
ernacle, one for every vessel, one for the al- 
tar, a form of ofi'ering the sacrifice, a form 
of preparation, a form of dedication, in short, 
a form for every separate act in the Jevidsh 
worship, not forgetting a specific form of 
dress for those who approached the altar. 

In after time when the Jews became wise 
in their own conceit, and concluded they 
need not be so particular, they departed in 
some points from God's prescribed forms 
and received their punishment. Lev. 12: 1, 
2. In Num. 15: 38-41; 16: 1-3, the Lord 
prescribed a form of dress, and rather than 
submit to it, three prominent men among 
them caused a division in the church, and 
the result was, they and their followers were 
lost. 

So we discover form in all things, great 
and small, and the consequences of disobedi- 
ence are always apparent. Of course, the 
form held within it the principle of true 
worship, but when the form was abandoned, 
the principle was lost. What we learn from 
the above, is this: If the form be wanting, 
the principle is void. In the New Testament 
there is a principle of plainness in dress 
plainly taught. This is admitted by all 
Christian people, but here the unanimity 
ceases. Can the principle of plainness be 
maintained without a form? Nay, verily, in 
all that was written in the Old Testament 
there is not an instance where the form was 
abandoned and the principle retained. Will 
we take warning? God never changes. 
What was true of the Jews, is equally true 
of us, as far as principle is concerned. His- 
tory repeats itself. In other days the Bap- 
tist and Methodist churches preached the 
doctrine of plainness in dress as a Scriptural 
requirement, and maintained a form. Their 
members were difl'erent from the world,— a 
separate people, but by and by some of them 
concluded that the church was too particular. 
They thought they could maintain the prin- 
ciple of plainness without any particular 
form. What was the result? They preach 
plainness yet, but where is it? This proves 
that no principle, not even that of plainness 
can be maintained without a form. Non- 
conformity can never be exemplified fully, as 
long as we are closely allied to the world, in 
the wearing of gold, pearls and costly array. 

Shall we offer any argument to prove that 
Paul meant what he said, or that his saying 
is authoritative? Can any man or woman 
wear clothes cut just like those Avorn l)y the 
world and be separate, be not fashioned with 



the world? Mark you, Paul does not say the 
leaders of fashion, but " the world." A con- 
formity of faith, of baptism, and other points 
of our doctrine is admitted as essential. Why 
not in dress? In becoming Christians, we 
have our minds renewed, adopt a form of 
plainness, and manifest that principle by not 
fashioning ourselves according to the world. 
Having learh'ed from history and the Bible, 
that a principle cannot be maintained with- 
out a form, and that, whatsoever is without 
form is void, Ave adopt the form and so try, 
with God's help, to maintain the principle 
inviolate. 

It is said that in the primitive church 
there were some that had a form of godliness, 
but denied the poAver. Does Paal argue from 
that, that a form of godliness is unnecessary? 
Nay, that does not militate against the prin- 
ciple or the form. A man may be honest in 
his dealings, his honesty springing from mo- 
tives of policy only, while at heart he may 
be dishonest, but how a man can have a 
principle of honesty imbedded in his heart, 
and be dishonest in his dpalings, is hard for 
me to understand. I can understand how we 
may have a form of plainness, and not be 
actuated by principle, but how we can be im- 
bued with a principle of plainness, based 
upon the teaching of the Bible, and still be 
fashioned like the world, is a mystery my 
mind cannot solve. Brethren and sisters, re- 
member the promise you made before God 
and man! 



BOOK AND TRACT WORK AMISSION WORK, 

BY S. D. EOYER. 

When Ave think of the vast multitudes of 
men atid women who know comparatively 
nothing of the great plan of salvation, 
brought into the world by Jesus, and as un- 
derstood and taught by the Brethren or Ger- 
man Baptist church, it makes us wonder why 
so many of us are so sIoav to appreciate the 
importance of the command of Jesus to " go 
and teach the nations." There are various 
ways to do this, and we Avell know that we 
can not all go and preach, and to send 
preachers every-Avhere Avould probably be an 
impossibility. Then, too, there are many 
people, especially in cities, that will not go 
to church, therefore Annual Meeting has 
wisely started a Book and Tract Work, by 
which the doctrine of Christ can be spread 
Avitli much less cost, and reach many that we 
otherwise could not reach. If we can get 
men and women to read the doctrine and 
principles of the church, it takes much less 
preaching than it otherwise would. 

NoAV, to support the Tract Work substan- 
tially, Ave need an endoAvment, and since all 
we have and are belongs to God, why not ar- 
range our finances so the church can use 
some of it after Ave are gone ? May the love 
of God and his cause constrain lis to do as 
we wish to be done by ! 

Do not live in hope Avith your arms 
folded. Fortune smiles on those who roll up 
their sleeves and put their shoulders to the 
wheel. 



o 



i-iF QOs^P'KL xiessb:xge:r 



Jan. 31, 1888. 



PEEDESTINATION.-No, 1. 



PV i;. C. MOOMAW. 

No doetriuo of the Holy Scriptures has 
excited more interest in the Christinu world, 
or made a deeper impression upon it than 
predestination. It was, for (Suturies, tlie 
subject of long and sometimes bitter contro- 
versies. These controversies have crystal- 
ized into the varioiis creeds and systems of 
theolojry upon which the several denomina- 
tions are based. The sects are as clearly 
distinguished by their relations to this doc- 
trine as by any other characteristic feature. 
The Presbyterian, Episcopalian and Baptist 
are known as strong Calvinistic bodies, Avhile 
the Methodist and Lutheran are equally Avell 
known for their pronounced Armeniauism. 
The first hold firmly to the doctrine of iiu- 
conditioual election, while the last, with 
equal tenacity, hold to the opposite doctrine 
of unlimited fi"ee agency. 

It is perfectly natural that a ver\' great in- 
terest should be awakened in the religious 
mind by this subject. The New Testament 
Scriptures abound with references to it. Xo 
other doctrine is more fully expounded. 
Paul was particularly fond of it. So direct 
a revelation of the matter and manner of 
God"s purposes concerning the human fami- 
ly had a potent charm for his deeply mys- 
tical mind. Nor should it be uninteresting 
to us. All Scripture -is given for our in- 
struction and consolation. The following 
quotations relate directly to our subject. 
The most celebrated are those contained in 
the 8th and 9th chapters of Piomans, as fol- 
lows: "For whom he did foreknow, he 
also did predestinate to be conformed to the 
image of his Son, that he might be the first- 
born among many brethren. Moreover, 
whom he did predestinate, them he also 
called: and whom he called, them he also 
justified; and whom he justified, them he al- 
so glorified." And again, " (For the children 
being not yet born, neither having done any 
good or evil, that the purpose of God accord- 
ing to election might stand, not of works, but 
of him that calleth;) it was said unto her, 
I Kebecca] The elder shall serve the young- 
er. As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but 
Esau have I hated [loved lessj. What shall 
we say then? Is there unrighteousness with 
God? God forbid. For he saith to Moses, 
I will have mercy on whom I will have mer- 
cy, and I ■ft'ill have compassion on whom I 
will have compassion. So then it is not *of 
him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, 

but of God that sheweth mercy 

Therefore hath, he mercy on whom he will 
have mercy, and' whom he will he hardeneth. 

. . . . Hath not the potter power over 
the clay, of the same lump to make one ves- 
sel unto honour, and another unto dishon- 
our?" Also Eph. 1: 5, 11: ''Having prede.g- 
tinated us unto the adoption of children by 
Jesus Christ to himself, according to the 
good pleasure of his will. ... In whom 
also Ave have obtained an inheritance, being 
predestinated according to the purpose of 
him who worketh all things after the coun- 



' sel of his own will." Also 2 Thess. 2: 13: 
''But we are bound to give thanks always to 
God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, 
because God hath from ihe beginning chosen 
you to salvaiioii through sanctification of the 
Spirit and belief of the truth." Also 1 Thess. 
5: 9: "For God hath not uppoinicd us to 

I wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord 
Jesus Christ." 

Pertinent quotations could be multiplied, 
but these are sufficient for our purpose. 
Iq^on these and similar passages is founded 
the great Calvinistic school of theology 
which asserts the following dogmas: 

1. That from before the foundation of the 
world, God, foreseeing all the descendants 
of Adam, appointed some of them to salva- 
tion, and others to destruction. 

2. Those who were appointed unto salva- 
tion are the " elect," and they were chosen, 
not for their good works, or obedience, or 
faith, or any other good quality-, but merely 
by and through the sovereign pleasure of 
God. 

3. Haying thus been predestinated unto 
eternal life, they should never fall from 
grace and be finally lost, but shotild certain- 
ly persevere unto a triumphant death and 
glorious resurrection. 

4. That the necessary graces of faith and 
repentance are wrought in the hearts of the 
elect by the sovereign will of God through 
the agency of the Holy Spirit. 

o. As some were from the beginning ap- 
pointed unto salvation, the rest of the hu- 
man family were, at the same time and by 
the same sovereign, irrevocable will of God, 
appointed unto wrath, without reference to 
either good or evil in their lives and charac- 
ters. 

For many years in the early history of 
Calvinism, its exponents boldly reasoned to 
the utmost bounds of its logical limits, and 
taught the horrible doctrine of infant dam- 
nation. There was no escape from it. Cer- 
tainly only the elect infants could be saved. 
The rest must be cast into hell, and the only 
excuse or reason they could assign for it was 
that such was God's sovereign pleasure. 

No wonder that between Bomanism and 
Calvinism in the seventeenth and eighteenth 
centuries there should spring up a great 
wave of scepticism, and an innumerable ar- 
my of infidels. But had original Calvinism 
not involved the logical consequence of in- 
'fant reprobation, there yet remain both 
moral and Scriptural reasons why it should 
not be accepted as truth. As we have seen, 
it involves too muclr, and therefore cannot 
be the exact truth. Truth is consistent in 
all its parts, and is not liable to unreasona- 
ble extremes, or absurd and illogical se- 
quences. That God should unconditionally 
appoint some unto salvation, and irrevocably 
appoint others to eternal destruction, simply 
i jn the exercise of his sovereign pleasure and 
power, without basing his action upon moral 
I grounds, is so repugnant to all our ideas of 
reason and equity that we recoil from it with 
horror. 

The instinct of reason which exists in the 
I human mind is a voflection of the same qual- 



ity in the divine mind. And although sin 
has blunted this faculty in us, it is yet suf- 
ficiently alert to discover the principles of 
equity and make a right application of them 
in all matters which come within the scope 
of that reason. 

AVhen brought to bear upon this great 
question of destiny, the result may be better 
understood by an illustration. Suppose a 
father should, while yet his children were 
infants, resolve to disinherit some of them, 
and give all his estate to others. We would 
say at once that he was grossly partial and 
unjust. But suppose further that he should 
resolve to imprison and torture those whom 
ho had disinherited? We would justly call 
him a moral monster. Yet these are exactly 
the purposes and acts which are ascribed to 
the Calvinistic God. That which is wrong 
on a small scale can not be right on a large 
scale. But it is held that the ill desert of 
sin is infinite and eternal, that it is merited 
by all the human family, and that God has a 
right to exempt some from endless punish- 
ment, if, in the exercise of his sovereign 
will, it should please him to do so. But if 
this election is unconditional, and does not 
rest upon, or have reference to anything we 
have done or may do, whether it be the ex- 
ercise of faith or works, — if it simply be an 
act of God's sovereignty and power, why 
should only a few be saved, or why should 
any be lost? There wotrld l)e no virtue or 
glory in any such salvation, for the reason 
that it exchtdes the element of voluntariness. 
Men would be saved by a kind of foregone 
necessity, which they are unable to resist, 
and though they should be brought into full 
allegiance to God, it would be the allegiance 
of necessity and not of consent. The glory 
of God in the salvation of souls shall receive 
its brightest effulgence from the illustrious 
fact that by a display of his infinite perfec- 
tions he Avon their free consent to full al- 
legiance, and changed their hearts from a 
state of enmity to that of undying love. 
That in all this there is an exercise of his 
sovereign Avill and limitless power, no one 
Avill deny, but that there is also an exercise 
of our own Avill, free from all external or in^^ 
ternal influences except the persuasion of 
the Holy Spirit, is equally certain. 

God importunes us, persuades us, presents 
to our minds all potent arguments, leads, 
urges, chastens, but never compels us to 
yield to him the freedom of Avill which he 
himself ha^ given us. Did he do otherwise, 
— did he save us according to the Calvinistic 
dogma, Ave Avould be mere machines to serve 
him by virtue of necessity, while the "count- 
less millions Avho were driven from his pres- 
ence into eternal banishment and fiery doom, 
would cry in vain through all the dreary 
ages to know Avhy they Avere made to differ 
from their more fortunate companions. The 
mighty protest of their fierce agony Avoitld 
rise up forever, and God Avould not be able 
to answer it. 

" Whoever has ' heaven's chart for cheer- 
fulness,' has one of the best gifts God gives 
to Ills children," 



Jail. 31. 1888. 



TME GtOSIPKjL IvIKSSENQER 



71 



CLEANING HOUSE. 



]3V \V. L. KLINGER. 



This is something that we all kuow some- 
thing about, especially the sisters, who gen- 
erally clean house oixce a year, at least. 
But they clean so«ie every clay; if they did 
not, things would get so, that the dirt would 
leave a stain on floor and furniture. 

Eight here we think our elders make a 
mistake. If they would clean up a little 
once in a while, and not get too much on 
hand, the dirt would not be so hard to re- 
move nor leave any stain. Instead of that 
they let things go till they get so much on 
hand that they hardly know where to com- 
mence. 

The reason for leaving things go so long, 
is, that we are too near alike. We all have 
our faults, and it seems we have not enough 
true, moral courage to go to our brother or 
sister and tell them of their faults. It 
Avould not look very well for a brother that 
gets drunk to find fault with one that uses 
tobacco. This is a very common thing. 
When things get too bad, the elders appoint 
a church meeting, that being the time for a 
general cleaning up. They try to get things 
in order, but fail. The next thing in order 
is to call in the adjoining elders, but they are 
no more able to settle the trouble than 
the church. The next thing is to send for a 
Committee from Annual Meeting. They 
come and investigate, and bring in a verdict 
which is final. But while they may have 
partly removed the trouble, the stain will 
still be seen. 

Why not clean house oftener, and save 
some of this trouble? When the visit agrees 
to suppress the comj^laints found on the vis- 
it, for fear of wounding some one's feelings, 
we do not think the church should permit 
such doings. Brethren should not be al- 
lowed to bring disgrace on the whole Broth- 
erhood. Keep the church clean by a contin- 
ual effort, and you will avoid much trouble. 

Ellcrion, Ohio. 

PUZZLED AGAIN. 

BY SIDNEY HODGDEN. 

It is no uncommon thing for the faithful 
servant to get puzzled in his labor to Avin 
souls to Christ. Bro. Hutchison names 
some things that puzzled him, and I will 
name some things that have puzzled me. 

AVhy is it that so many Brethren do not 
take the Messenger? "Bro. John, I am 
acting as agent for the Messenger. You 
ought to take it for yourself and children." 
" I know I ought to take it, but times are so 
hard." At the same time a political paper 
is lying on the table. 

Again, a church calls for a minister to 
come and hold a series of meetings. The 
minister goes and holds meetings for two or 
three weeks. No one says a word about his 
traveling expenses. He starts home with a 
heavy heart, six or eight dollara out of pock- 
et. 



Another puzzle is this: There are 'some 
brethren that like to see the church prosper, 
but it must prosper under their own special 
labors, or not at all. Such brethren are 
easily scared. Anything a little more lively 
than what they are accustomed to, appears 
to scare them, and they are ready to close 
the meeting. I have met cases of this kind. 
One church had not had a series of meet- 
ings for years, and the members were anx- 
ious that their children might be brought 
into the church. The meeting commenced, 
and continued for a week, and the interest 
was all that could be desired. The congrega- 
tions were large, and the church anticipated 
an ingathering of precious souls. The har- 
vest was ripe, when the elder announced, 
" We have concluded to close our meetings." 
This is a surprise to all. The members say, 
" What does this mean ? We want our chil- 
dren in the church." I have long since 
learned, I could never do anything by let- 
ting it alone; work is what is needed; active 
work; concentrated work! 

PROPER AND IMPROPER RULING 
OF ELDERS. 



BY JJ. E. price. 

I HAVE observed for some time that there 
is more or less prejudice in the church 
against the elders, though there is probably 
not as much now as there was before the 
separation. In trying to investigate the sub- 
ject, we have come to the conclusion that the 
elders may perhaps be more or less to blame. 
If we are not very careful, we partake of the 
spirit of the world, that is, become exalted 
when we are placed in responsible (not to 
say honorable) positions in the church. 

That is not the proper standpoint from 
which to look at the subject. The apostle 
Paul says we shall not aj)poiut a " novice, lest 
being lifted up with pride he fall into the 
condemnation of the devil." 1 Tim. 3: 6, 

We often hear elders speak of the congre- 
gation of which they have charge, as " my 
church," as though the church belonged to 
them, instead of they belonging to the 
church. We want to reverse the general 
sentiment in relation to official members; 
and instead of saying they are placed in high 
positions, they should feel as though they 
were occupying a low one,— a servant. We 
know a servant must be obedient to his Mas- 
ter, if he is a good one; hence an official 
member, an elder not excepted, is just as 
much, or more, under obligations to be sub- 
ject to the church as any of the other mem- 
bers. 

Let us hear our blessed Savior's testimony 
on the subject. When there was a strife 
among his disciples who should be greatest, 
and when the mother of Zebedee's chil- 
dren requested that her two sons might sit, 
the one on his right hand, and the other on 
his left, Christ's reply was: " Ye know that 
they which are accounted to rule over the 
Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and 
their gi'eat ones exercise authority over them. 



But so shall it not be among you: but whoso- 
ever will be great among you, shall be your 
minister: and whosoever of you will be chief- 
est, shall be servant of all." Mark 10: '12-41. 
See also Matt. 20: 25-27; Luke 22: 25, 26. 

When we are placed into office, we should 
consider that we are servants of the church, 
and when advanced to the second degree, we 
are greater servants still. When ordained 
to the fidl ministry, we are servants to the 
entire Brotherhood. An elder has no right 
to refuse to put a question when jDroperly 
presented, unless it has been previously de- 
cided by District or Annual Meeting; but he 
is justified in refusing to act, when sustained 
by higher authority. 

Sometimes, however, when a measure does 
not suit their own peculiar notion, they re- 
fuse to put the question before the meeting, 
thus taking the ruling power into their own 
hands, and lording it over the church. This 
I call imxjvoper rulbuj. 

We will conclude the subject with the lan- 
guage of the apostle Peter, in 1 Peter 5: 1-6: 
" The elders which are among you I exhort, 
who am also an elder, and a witness oi the 
sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of 
the glory that shall be revealed: feed the 
fiock of God which is among you, taking the 
oversight thereof, not by constraint, but will- 
ingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready 
mind; neither as being lords over God's her- 
itage, but being ensamples to the fiock. And 
when the chief Shepherd shall appear, ye 
shall receive a crown of glory that fadeth 
not away. Likewise, ye younger, submit 
yourselves unto the elder. Yea, all of you 
be subject one to another, and be clothed 
with humility : for God resisteth the proud, 
and giveth grace to the humble. Humble 
yourselves therefore under the mighty hand 
of God, that he may exalt you in due time." 

Mt. Morris, III. 

A FEW WONDERS, 



BY C. D. HYLTOX. 

Sometimes we hear of people censuring 
certain articles that are written in the Mes- 
senger. We read an article against the use 
of tobacco, another against intemperance, an- 
other against covetousness and its results, 
and still another against pride and worldly 
fashions. I wonder why the tobacco con- 
sumer, the dratn drinker, the covetous man. 
and the proud person abhor those articles 
that refer to their besetments? I wonder if 
the time will ever come when people will be 
IDersecuted for speaking against sin? I won- 
der if the world is growing better? I won- 
der this: If some of our most cautious breth- 
ren and sisters had been with the disciples 
on the day of Pentecost, Avould they not have 
questioned the propriety of taking so many 
into the church at one time, lest they might 
not hold out faithful? I wonder if brother 
Paul did not have too many meetings when 
he held that series of meetings for three 
months in Ephesus? 

Hijlton. Va. 



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THE aOSPKI. MKSSRNGER 



Jan. 31, 1888. 



£l(e §P^'cJ Messenger, 

Published \\"eeklv Ln tiie Breihieii"s Publisliing Co., 
at $1.50 per annuni. 



JAMKS QUINTER. ...... . Editor. 

D. L. MILLEi;. - - - - . . Office Editor 

JOSEPH AMICK, 

business Manager of Western House. Mt. Morris, 111. 

J 13 BRUMBAUGH. J. G. KOVEK, - Associate Editors 

ADVISOBY COMMTTTEE, 

' H. H. SliUer. S. S Mohler, Daniel Haye. 

fci^ Kemittances shoold be made by Post-office Money 
Order. Drafts, or Registered Letter?, made payable and ad- 
dresised to "Brethren's Publishintr Co., Mount Morris, 111 ," 
or "Brethren's E^iblishing Co.. Huntingdon, Pa." 

ty~ Conunonications for publication should be legibly 
written with black ink on oxe side of the paper only, and 
separate from all other business. 

^^ When chaagmtr your address, please give your FOBMEB 
as well as your FTTrBE address in full, so as to avoid delay 
and misojnderstandinL: 



A FEW weeks ago Bro. W. M. Lyou gave 
us ail article iu which he impressed the idea 
\ that a good field for missiouary work may 
j often be found close at hand, — within a few 
miles of an organized church. Bro. H. W. 
Strickler, acting upon that suggestion, com- 
menced meeting at a new point, only five 
miles from Loraine, and is meeting with ex- 
I cellent success. 



EDITORIAL NOTES. 



Mount Morris. 111.. 



Jan. 31. 1888. 



During the labors of Bro. I. J. Eosenber- 
ger in the TTolf Creek church, Ohio, sixteen 
souls were added to the church. 



Os'E was added to the church near Burr 
Oak, Ind., during the series of meetings held , 
there lately bv Bro. J. H. Sellers. ' 



The address of Bro. John S. Snowberger 
is changed from Julesburg, Logan Co., Colo., • 
to Holyoke, same county and State. 



The meetings at Covina, Cal., -n-ere full of 
interest, and were productive of much good. 
Four united with the church by baptism and 
some others were impressed with the import- 
ance of turning to Christ, but are waiting for 
a more convenient season, which will never 
come to them. It is strange, indeed, that 
men and women, after being convinced that 
their best interests are all on the side of 
serving the Lord, will blindly go on in that 
way that leads to ruin. Bro. Vaniman has a 
plain, forcible way of presenting the truth 
that carries conviction with it. He defines 
his points clearly, and stops talking when he 
has made them. 



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Those having a copy of Gospel Messen- 
ger, No. 1, this volume, will confer a favor 
by sending the same to us, in case they do 
not wish to preserve it. 

The Back Creek church, Franklin Co., 
Pa., closed an interesting series of meetings 
Jan. 15. with two accessions by baptism. 
Bro. TT. A. Gaunt labored for them. 



Br.o. L M. Gibson has been holding some 
very succpssful meetings at Hudson, 111., re- 
cently. Five precious souls were added to 
the fold and the church greatly edified. 

The members of the Silver Creek church, 
were made to rejoice when, on Sunday evening, 
Jan. 2'2, Bro. D. E. Price was enabled, for 
the first time since his illness of several 
months' duration, to preach for us at the 
Chapel. His subject, " The Christian Piace," 
was handled in a forcible manner. 



Bko. Paul Wetzel, of Grundy Center, la., 
lately visited the Hickory Grove church, 
Carroll Co., 111., where he expected to re- 
main until Jan. 26. From there he intended 
to go to Milledgeville, to labor until Feb. 2, 
after which he will be ready to go to other 
places where his services may be needed. 

Ocr. Essay Department, while generally 
quite interesting, is especially rich in variety 
and excellence this week. To particularize 
would be useless, for all contain seed- 
thoughts of Truth. We are certainly under 
great obligations to our writers Avho are 
keeping us so well supplied. Though we 
have many articles on hand now, we hope 
that our contributors will not cease their la- 
bors, but send us their best efforts, so we may 
continue to send out a paper worthy the 
name it bears. 



The meeting-house at Covina is, we believe 
the only one owned by the Brethren in Cali- 
fornia. It was built by the assistance of the 
General Church Erection and Missionary 
Committee, and is large enough for the pres- 
ent demands of the congregation at this 
place. When completed, it will be a plain, 
substantial house of worship. Many more 
of the same kind ought to be, and v/ill be, 
built in the future, to assist weak churches in 
their struggle for a foothold in new fields. 
The money to render such assistance will be 
forthcoming and the good work will go on. 

* * 

California will be well represented in the 
Missionary Endowment Fund, and, in pro- 
portion to the membership, will be far ahead 
of some of our Eastern States. Two interest- 
bearing endowment notes, aggregating fifteen 
hundred dollars, have already been signed, 
and other brethren are considering the pro- 
priety of setting apart a portion for the 
Lord's work; all of which goes to show that 
here, on the Pacific coast, our brethren are 
zealous for the Master's cause, and that they 
have not lost iheir love for the church of 
their choice. 

* * 

Our little party, in company with Bro. Hous- 
er, spent part of a week very pleasantly, and 
we believe, profitably, in visiting difPerent lo- 
calities and calling upon such of our members 
as we could find. Our conveyance was a 
covered wagon, and we had an excellent op- 
portunity to see the country. We drove 
through the San Gabriel Valley, visiting Los 
Angeles, Glendale, Pasadena, Pomona, and 
Baldwin's Ranch. At all of these places, ex- 
cept the latter, some of our member are to be 
found. We spent one night at Glendale, in 



the pleasant homes of brethren Riley and 
Wolf, and one night at Pasadena, with 
brethren Shively and Flory. A number of 
the brethren and sisters came together in the 
evening at Bro. Flory's house, and an hour 
was spent in singing, prayer, and speaking. 
At Pomona we found brother and sister Bow- 
man, with their son, Bro. Grant Bowman, 
formerly of the Waddam's Grove church, 
Illinois, and sister Meadows and daughter, of 
Missouri. They are all well pleased with 
their new homes, regretting only that they 
do not enjoy church privileges as they would 
like too. We would suggest that where it is 
at all possible for them to do so, that they 
meet together in social Avorship, at least once 
a week, thus keeping the fire burning on the 
altar. Bro. McGee, whom we met at Los 
Angeles, informed us that they have meet- 
ings of this kind, and that they are very 
helpful to them. 

* * * 

A considerable number of our people are 
locating in Southern California, and if prop- 
er efforts are made, several strong congrega- 
tions may be organized in the near future. 
In order that this very desirable result may 
be brought about, it will be well for those 
who expect to locate here, to settle where 
there are some members living. Meetings 
may then be held, and, as has been done at 
Covina, others will accept the Truth and the 
good work be carried forward. At present 
the church at Covina has a membership of 
about fifty, and it is estimated that there are 
about 150 members living in Southern Cali- 
fornia. Some of them will only spend the 
winter here, returning to their homes in the 

East in the spring. 

* 

* * 

One never tires of praising the mild cli- 
mate of California. This winter, if one may 
apply the term to a climate where the freez- 
ing point is seldom reached, has been excep- 
tionally cold. At San Diego, a few days ago, 
we saw ice an eighth of an inch thick, and 
last week, at Oak Grove, where we have been 
visiting wife's sister, we enjoyed the luxury 
of a snow-storm. It seemed quite home-like, 
and made us feel that winter is not a misno- 
mer here. Oak Grove is among the moun- 
tains, at an elevation of 2,618 feet. In the 
valleys below, the snow-storm of the mount- 
ains was changed into a copious rain-fall. 
Strange to say, the freezing weather does not 
appear to injure the oranges and lemons; ba- 
nanas, however, show the effect of the frost. 
We shall have something more to say of the 
climate and of the country in general, before 
leaving California. Before writing on this 
subject at any length, we are anxious to gain 
all the information possible, so that we may 
give an intelligent opinion. A visit to Low- 
er California, where, for a time at least, we 
shall be under the Mexican Government, will 
form the subject of our next notes. 



D, l. m. 



Oak drove. CaJ. 



Jau. 31, i888. 



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aUERIST'S DEPARTMENT. 

A Part of a Congregation Holding an Election 
for Church OiRcers. -- About Seeking a Safe 
Shelter at the Approach of a Cyclone. 

Bro. J^/ii/z/rr: 

Has an isolated pail of a congregation a riglit to 
a voting line in orJer to elect a speaker.' Tlie main 
part of the church ii in the northern part of the county, 
with live speakers. There are about twenty-seven 
members in the southern part of the count}', and there 
is no speaker among them. The church thought they 
were too much scattered for a permanent organization. 
It was thought best to give them a voting line, if it is a 
legal way of doing. The onlj' question Avith the church 
is, Is such a course legal .' Will you please answer 
through the Messenger y Henry Siiidelkr. 

An electiou under the circumstances above 
named, is in accordance with the order of the 
church, and such elections liave been held. 
In the Minutes of Annual Meeting, of 1862, 
in Art 50, we have the following: " Is it ad- 
visable to hold an election for a minister or 
deacon in one part of a congregation (in that 
in which it is most needed), and none but 
the members in that part voting, it being too 
small to form a separate church, providing 
the whole church consents to hold such an 
election? Answer: AVe consider it advisa- 
ble to do 60." 

Dear Brethren: 

We would like to have some of you- explain 
through the Messenger, whether it would be in ac- 
cordance with I John 4: 18, which reads, "There is no 
fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because 
fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect 
in love," for a broiher or sister to leave their dwelling 
in which thej' reside, and go for a ca\e in case of a 
ihreatening cyclone or storm.' Please explain accord- 
ing to the gospel. Jonatii.\n Haiin. 

God has given us miads and these minds 
should be cultivated and exercised. If in 
the exercise of our judgments we should 
think we are in danger, and see how we may 
escape from the dangei', we should do so. 
Or, taking the case as given in the query, if 
we should be in a house at the approach of 
a cyclone, and think the house could not 
withstand the storm, and we could escape to 
a cave in which we would think we should be 
safer than in the house, it would be right to 
go to the cave. Such a course would be con- 
trary to neither the fear nor love that we, as 
Christians, are to possess. But the careful 
exercise of our judgments must not supersede 
the continual presence of a prayerful state of 
heart. " In nothing be anxious; but in ev- 
erything by prayer and supplication with 
thanksgiving let your requests be made 
known unto God, And the peace of God, 
which passeth all understanding, shall guard 
your hearts and your thoughts in Christ Je- 
sus." Philpp. 4: 6 (Revised Vefsion). Our 
Lord gave his disciples the following instruc- 
tion: "And when ye shall see Jerusalem 
compassed with armies, then know that the 
desolation thereof is nigh. Then let them 
which are in Judea Hee to the mountains; 
and let them which are in the midst of it 
depart out; and let not them that are in the 
countries enter thereinto." Luke 21: 20, 21. 
The above instruction was given to the dis- 
ciples in view of the danger they would be 
exposed to, if in Jerusalem when that city 
should be besieged by the Eomans. For it 
was to that event he referred, when he used 
the language he did. He could have saved 
his disciples in the city, but instead of doing 
so, he directed them to save themselves by 



fleeing from the doomed city. He also gave 
his disciples the following instruction: 
" When they persecute you in this city, flee 
ye into another." Matt: 10: 23. But while 
we should flee from danger, as the disciples 
were directed to do by our Lord, we must not 
flee from duty as Jonah did. J. Q. 



A FRIENDLY BUSINESS TALK, 

For some time we have been wanting to 
give some instructions to our agents and sub- 
scribers, in the way of a friendly conversa- 
tion. Our agents, upon a whole, are doing 
as well as could reasonably be expected. We 
rejoice that for six years we have had as 
pleasant a time as we have had, considering 
our varioias perplexities. We are truly 
thankful to our brethren who have labored 
for us as agents, for the interest they have 
taken, the patience exercised, and the Chris- 
tian spirit manifested, when mistakes occur- 
red in our business relations. 

Every agent should keep an exact memo- 
randum of all his business, tiius fulfilling 
the apostle's injunction, " not being slothful 
in business," — in this way bringing his re- 
ligion into his business. If it should so hap- 
pen that he does not know how his account 
"stands, he should call for a statement to com- 
pare, which we will gladly furnish to date of 
time he calls for. We would say right here, 
if he finds our statement satisfactory, then he 
should make a special note of it, and not 
burden us with a repetition of the same. If 
not satisfactory, he should have the correc- 
tion made at once and not wait three or six 
months before entering his complaint. 

Names of subscribers should never be du- 
plicated, that is, sent us more than once for 
the same year. In this way much trouble 
occurs. For instance, some one will send us 
five or six names at varioiis times. We make 
the proper charges to his account, when, aft- 
erwards, he sends us a list of fifteen or twen- 
ty, including those that were sent. Our as- 
sistant enters all to his account and gives 
credit, perhaps, for the whole list then sent. 
Tlie agent presumes the account is square, 
though those previously sent in remain 
charged against him, and in due time ho gets 
a statement for such as he has paid, and is 
not a little mortified. This could all be 
avoided by simply remembering, never to 
duplicate any names. 

Again, not a few in remitting to us will 
say, " Enclosed you will find s^o.OO," or as the 
case may be, "for A., B. and C, for one year." 
These were previously sent in, but he does 
not state it so, causing us, very often, to make 
a mistake, thinking it is a new list and giv- 
ing credit uccordingl}', when all that is nec- 
essary is simply to say, " Enclosed find $5.00 
on account." Several parties, of late, liave 
sent us money and said, " Euclos."-d pU-ase 
find S2.00 for two dozen almanacs." The re- 
sult was, the almanacs were sent but it was 



not what they meant. The remittance was 
for almanacs already received. Had they 
simply said, "Enclosed find $2.00 on account," 
there would have been no necessity of sever- 
al letters more, what to do with the almanacs, 
etc. 

Memiftances, — Our instructions are plain 

and specific: "Post-office Money Orders, 

Drafts or liegistered Letters. We will here 

add emphatically: " Do not send any Jprafis 

i made payable anywhere else e-reept New 

j York or Chicago." Now Drafts do not mean 

I your personal check, of which we have had 

an unusual number of late. They invariably 

': cost us not less than twenty-five cents for 

I collection. Drafts made x^ayable anywhere 

{ else than in New York or Chicago, cost us 

j the same for collection as your personal 

checks. 

All subscribers sent us by any agent are 
charged to him as a whole, and he is consid- 
ered responsible for the same; therefore he 
should not send us any that he does not wish 
charged to him. It is better not to send 
them at all. 

By the solicitations of many of the patrons 
who have said, " Do not stop my paper," Ave 
have been continuing unless ordered discon- 
tinued, until our list of delinquents has be- 
come quite large. To ail such we sent notic- 
es the latter part of last year. Many re- 
sponded nobly, by remittance, with their 
heart-felt thanks for continuing the welcome 
Messenger, while not a few have said, " Dis- 
continue," without rendering any compensa- 
tion whatever. Others remained silent, un- 
til many have had it for two years and more. 

All delinquents for 1886 and prior, of 
which there are not a few, we have now dis- 
continued, and kindly invited them, by card, 
to renew and help us bear the burden. We 
wish to make the paper a missionary for 
good, and, therefore, have made provisions 
at reduced rales for persons who wish to do- 
nate to their friends, or to the 2^oor. 

It is astonishingly remarkable how many 
have become poor, and make application for 
the reduced rates. Where we are personally 
acquainted and they are such, we do not re- 
fuse, but when parties are unknown, they 
ought to be recommended by others than 
themselves. 

We are sorry to say, some are not poor but 
penurious, and still would like to have the 
paper. A case of this kind occurred not long 
since. A brother, worth $50,000, would not 
subscribe to the agent. A gentleman, if such 
we can call him, suggested to him, if he 
would pay him a dollar and a few cents for 
postage, lie would send it to him as a dona- 
tion, and so sent it in. The man was a 
stranger to us and sending it as a donation 
seemed somewhat i^eculiar, knowing the par- 
ty to whom it was to be a donation. It was 
all clear to us when made acquainted with 
the facts. We simply give this to teach us all 
to beware of covetousness. 

We kindly ask you all to remember us at 
a throne of grace, and if anything unwise or 
not prudent has been said in this, attribute 
it to the head and not the heart. j. a. 



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Jau. 31, 1888, 



})(ttis from (H(r ( (/trctipondenti 

"A- ,i.'l,i ■A;itir is ;o ;i tiiirsiv 6«>uJ. so is soo<l news 
frviii ji i;ir cininiry." 



— Bro. W. R. Peotei- oloscil a series of ' 
meetiugs, Jaii. i(i. iu the Elkhart Valley : 
i-huroh. Iiiii., with tour !idditii)iis. ■ 

Bro. Calvin i". Jiiler reports two acces- | 
sious to the l*rairie C'reek church, Imh, \ 
througii the crarueit preaching of laethren • 
Samuel ionutb and Aaron Moss. 

-Bro. 8. 11. Myers, of Tiuiberville, Xa., 
is acting as agent for the Missionary Eudow- 
meut Fund. We hope he will succeed iu 
tloing a gocnl work for the cause. 

— Bro. W. H. H. Sawyer, of Everest, Kan., 
would like to learn the whereabouts of sister 
C"athariue Miser. Those able to give the de- 
siretl information, will jilease address him as 
above. 

— Bro. Dauiel \ auimau, writes from Gleu- 
doia, Cal.. " We are here waiting for a train 
to Sau Diego, where we expect to meet Bro. 
1>. L. Miller, cii roiilr for Lower California. 
Our series of meetings, at Covina, closed last 
jiight. Four were received by baptism." 

— A card from Bro. O. F. Yount informs 
US that he just closed a series of meetings in 
the Clear Creek church, lud , with two acces- 
sions. He expected, by the assistance of 
Bro. Laudon West, to commence a series of 
meetings iu the Harris Creek church, Jan. 10. 

— Bro. John Hautle, of Thomasville, 111., - 
writes: "I think it would be much better if 
every member, on entering the house of God, 
were to engage iu earnest prayer for the 
prosperity of Ziou. It would strengthen us 
all and put our minds in a proper frame to 
receive the Word. Only when the heart has 
iu it a spirit of prayer, will it respond to the 
divine influences of the gospel.'' 

— A sist-er, out on the frontier, writes: 
■■ ^^ ith great reluctance 1 write you to stop 
my paper, as I have no means to pay for it. 
It is like parting with a dear friend to bid 
farewell to its cheering pages. Many a time 
when life seemed dark, it has brought com- i 
fort and consolation." We donate the paper 
to the dear sister, knowing that many are 
willing to help us bear the burden of supply- ; 
ing those who are uuable to pay for the pa- 
per. " The poor ye have always with you, 
and whensoever ye will, ye can do them 
good." 

— Bro. A. H. Haines, of SergeautsviUe, N. 
J., under date ol Jan. 7, writes: " We have 
just closed a very interesting series of meet- 
ings at the Amwell church, N. J. Bro. E. A. 
Orr, of Philadelphia, was with us, for about 
twelve days, and preache'J very instructive ; 
and edifying sermons. During our meetings ! 
one precious soul expre5se<l a desire to be- [ 
come a Christian. Others are seriously con- : 
sideling the welfare of their souls, and have 
requested an interest in the prayers of the 
. church. Let us pray for all such and also 
for the wholly indifierent, that they may not 
defer this all-important matter until it is ev- 
erlastinglv tt:iu late.' 



— Sistt-r Mary E. Michael, of Voltaire, 
Ivans., wishes to know if any Brethren are | 
residing near Good Laud. Sherman Center, | 
or Eustace. She would like to hear from all 
such, and also invites ministering brethren, 
in traveling through that section, tostoj) with 
her, and hold some meetings. 

Bro. A\'ash. \\ yland writes htmi Lips- 
comb, Texas, the following: " I am now locat- 
ed at Lipscomb, Texass. find like tho countiy 
very well, but would advise all to come and 
see for themselves. In connection with this 
we woidd state that Mr. Geo. L. McDonaugh 
has induced the railroad company to run an 
excursion to tlie Pan Handle on Feb. H and 
22, at one fare for the round trip." 

— Bro. Abraham Bowman, fi'om the Nettle 
Creek church, Ind,, writes: "On the evening 
of Dec. 21, Bro. Silas Hoover, of Ohio, came 
and held meetings for us until Jan. 1. Ac- 
cording to his future arrangements he Avas 
compelled to leave us for another field of la- 
bor, while the interest of the meeting seemed 
to be increasing. The effect of his lal>or be- 
gan to be manifested, as one precious soul 
came forward at the last meeting. We think 
there are more near the kingdom." 

-Harvey M. Barkdoll, of Warrenville, III, 
Avrites tliat Bro. W. 8 I'ojiy, of Indiana, has 
come, and is going to hold a week's meeting 
in the Naperville church. " We hope he will 
be successful iu Aviuning souls for Christ. 
In our former meetings nine united with the 
church by baptism, and two by letter. Six 
were scholars of our Sunday-school. Surely, 
it is great encouragement to labor on in the 
good v/ork of the Lord, when we can see our 
dear children turning in to serve the Lord!" 

— Bro. A. W. Shaffer wishes to state that our 
correspondents, when reporting accessions by 
baptism, be particular to give the<var/ num- 
ber of the additions, instead of saying, " We 
received about such a number." If the exact 
number were given in every case, no trouble 
would be experienced iu computing the total 
number of those adde<l to-the church during 
the year. We woidd further suggest that 
only one person in each congregation report 
the number of additions, so as to avoid get- 
ting the same report lirire. The clerk of 
each church could easily attend to it, send- 
ing a report about once each month. 

—Sister Lucinda Foutz writes: " We have 
just entered another neAv year. We know 
not how many more Ave have yet to live. 
Perhaps the present year is the one in Avhich 
Ave shall draAv our last breath, and then bid 
fareAvell to all around us. How pleasing it 
is when our friends are called away, that we 
shall be able to meet iu the realms of the 
blest! It affords us a consolation that bears 
U8 through the trying hour. There is no 
place on earth like a pleasant home, but Avhat 
is an earthly home, Avhen comjjared with a 
heavenly home! Heaven is the Christian's 
home. Jesus has gone to prepare a mansion 
for all who love him. Hoav sweet are the 
words, 'A home iu heaven!' What a joyful 
thought that we may all meet again when avo 
are called ftAvay to another .slate of existeupe!" 



— A letter from friend E. Sheffer informs 
U8 that he has been a reader of the Messen- 
GElt for some years and that he is still out- 
side of the church, though more than seventy 
years of age. He expresses his appreciation 
of the paper and thinks every family should 
read it. By the way, friend Sheffer, Avould 
it not be well to take one step forAvard, and 
join in, with the children of tlio Father, on 
the journey to the Promised Land beyond 
this vale of tears? Think of it. 

— Sister Mary Longauecker expresses the 
great comfort she derives from reading the 
many cheering Avoids iu the Messengeu, 
Her trials have been many. Of the ten chil- 
dren that God gave her, seven are in the 
Paradise of God. Her kind husband A^'as 
also taken from her side, and Avhile she is 
compelled to drink the bitter cup of soitoav, 
she asks that the prayers of the brethren and 
sisters may ascend in her behalf, that she 
may remain faithful even unto the end. 

Bro. G. W. Gibson, of the Macoupin 
Creek church. 111., Avrites: "It is only sixty- 
eight days since we followed our beloved 
brother, J. E. Studebaker, to the gra\'e. No 
doubt many, at that time, Avondered Avho 
would be the next in that vast congregation, 
to cross the Jordan of death. To-day, Jan. 
11, the Macoupin Creek church Avas filled al- 
most to its greatest capacity, Avhilo paying 
our last tribute of respect to sister Catharine 
Stutzman, wife of Bro. A. D. Stutzman ( a 
deacon in the church ). An excellent funeral 
discourse Avas delivered by Bio. M, J. Mc- 
Clure. Surely, ' All flesli in as grass! ' " 

- Sister Catharine Bollinger, of Chicago, 
111., says: "There are many professors of 
Christianity, who, to judge by their outward 
appearance, seem to follow the world rather 
than Christ. We often notice that while 
they have a great deal to say on Avorldly 
themes, they never speak a Avord for Christ. 

] Some spen I more for luxuries and the like, 

than Avould send the Messengeh to a score 

of hungry souls. Only eternity Avill reveal 

the good Ave can do by a faithful use of the 

: means within our reach; but eternity Avill al- 

i so condemn us for the opportunities Ave left 

i unimproved. Think of it, brethren and sis- 

I ters! " 

! — Bro. Edward Loomis Avrites: " The ne- 
cessity and fmportauce of ccmtinued meetings 
■ have become a settled fact in the minds of 
! the majority of our Brethren. We should 
I like to offer a few hints as prerequisites to a 
successful meeting. These meetings are 
j generally decided upon in council, and all 
I are earnestly invited, several Aveeks prior 
: to their commencement, that all due prepar- 
ations may be made, as far as practicable. 
Let it beconae an anxiety on the part of evei-y 
member to get himself in as good a state of 
readiness as pospible to attend every service. 
Let us see that our neighbors and friends are 
informed of the meeting and kindly and ear- 
nestly invited to attend. ' Where there is a 
Avill there is a Avay,' and if an ardent Avish is 
felt by all, for the preaching of the Word, a 
good Avork iiiaj be accoiiiplislied." 



Jau. 31, 1888. 



IHF OOSPKL MRSSBNQER. 



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— We learn that Bro. I. J. Koseiiberger 
preached iu the Wolf Creek church, Ohio, 
from Dec. 28 to Jan. 15, in. the Eversole 
meeting-house. His -doctrinal sermons were 
plain and pointed, his appeals fervid, his 
warnings and instructions brimful of gospel 
truth, his visits prudent and well-timed. As 
the immediate result sixteen precious souls 
were add«l to the church by baptism. 

-Bro. Edmund Forney, of Pine Creek, 
ill., Avrites: " I am, at present, at the home 
of my father, Bro. J. M. Forney, Parkers- 
burg, 111., where I arrived Jan. 1-1. I found 
my dear father prostrated on a bed of afflic- 
tion. He was slightly paralyzed, and after- 
wards other troubles set iu. On Saturday, 
Jan. 14, he passed his seventy-seventh birth- 
day, and, from present indications, will not 
be long for this world. He feels, however, 
fully resigned to the will of the Lord. I had 
expected to visit and hold meetings in sever- 
al churches of Northern Illinois, but, at the 
present time, will not be able to tell at what 
time I shall be enabled to fill my engage- 
ments." 

— Sister Mary Yost, of Petit, Ind., writes: 
" How sorrowful and sad it is when Chris- 
tians meet together that there is so little talk 
of the Lord, and so little inquiry about his 
blessed Truth! AVe are always ready to talk 
of our minister, our meeting, our success, our 
lousiness enterprise, etc., but, oh, how seldom 
we sit down quietly, to talk of our blessed 
Savior! It is very humiliating to think how 
little time we are alone with the Lord, and 
how little we relish quiet communion with 
him! There may be a great deal of iseal, a 
good deal of noise, and still but little of Je- 
sus. It is joy to Christ when we come away 
from our pleasures and pursuits, our engage- 
nicuts and services, to spend a few brief mo- 
ments in his presence, to breathe his love and 
to hear his AVord. If a fond father would 
see his child so much engaged in service for 
him as to have no time to sit on his knee, to 
commune with him, it would fill his heart 
with grief. Thus it is with our Heavenly 
Father, when his children are too much occu- 
pied with work. The result of service, en- 
gaged in without communion, is restlessness, 
barreanes^s and agitation now, and the loss of 
reward hereafter. On the other hand, to be 
occupied v,-ith Christ himself, will lead us in 
the right way and give us joy in our work. 
Let us be faithful in performing the Lord's 
work, and we will soon inherit the kingdom 

of God!" 

, ^ ^ ..^ — 

From South Keokuk Church. Iowa. 



From Buckley, Polk Co , Mo. 



We are still engaged in the good work of 
serving the Lord, though in great weakness. 
We were much encouraged by the presence 
of Bro. John Gable, of New Sharon, Iowa, 
who came among us and commenced a series 
of meetings Dec. 10. The meetings con- 
tinued until Christmas night. There Avere 
no additions to our number, but much good 
and wholesome counsel was given to both 
saint and sinner. May the blessing of 4Jie 
Lord go M-ith our ilear brother wherever 
duty may call him! MARy Heilman, 



Bitu. Chuistian Holdemak, of Jasper Co., 

I came to our place Dec. 10, and preached five 

\ sermons, four in the Rice scJiool-house and 

I one in the Methodist church in Walnut 

Grove. The congregations v>'ere small on 

account of sickness and unfavorable weather. 

It was the first preaching ever done in this 

part of the country by the Brethren. Ou 

Wednesday we met at the water-side and, 

after a short discourse, my companion was 

buried with Clirist in baptism. 

P. W. Dj;i;i:1(K. 



Joy and Sorrow. 



From Mt. Carroll, 111. 



OuJ! congregation enjoyed many good 
meetings last fall, and during the winter, so 
far. Bro. A. Hutchison came to us Oct. 29, 
and preached eleven excellent discourses, 
which were much appreciated by the chuich, 
and strengthened us greatly for the fight 
against siia. I was made to wonder how 
those out of Christ could *o stoutly resist 
such stirring appeals from the man of God. 
Our dear brother, J. B. Shirk, and wife, also 
tarried a little while with us, having come 
mainly to visit fiiends, but while here he 
preached twice for us. Bro. S. was former- 
ly a minister in this church, but now preach- 
es the story of the cross in the Peabody 
church, Kaus., where he resides. On ac- 
count of former Christian associations his 
visit to us was very enjoyable. 

On the evening of Jan. 2, Bro. J. C. Mur- 
ray came among us, and, during sixteen 
meetings, did not cease to preach the Word 
of Life to all that assembled to hear it. Sis- 
ter Murray also accompanied our brolhei', 
and rendered efficient aid in the sanctufu y 
services, and although our dear brother did 
not shun to declare the counsel of God to 
the people, none were willing to leave the 
vanities of the world and turn to the Lord. 
As a church we have received much spiritu- 
al comfort oil our journey l)eayf^nwrf]' T>VQi 



When 1 take up the Messengei; and look 
at the results of the meetings held during 
last fall and this winter, it certainly looks as 
if the church is prospering in the good cause. | 
I received a letter a few days ago that I 
brought me the good news of my old school- 
mates coming to the church. Such news 
makes my heart rejoice. Surely the whole 
Brotherhood should rejoice to see so many 
precious souls c-oming to Christ. When we 
look around to see so many that are stand- 
ing out of the church yet, it causes sorrow. 
I have been made to feel sad many times, to i 
see how the name of God is used in vain. ; 
Brethren and sisters, let us pray that many [ 
more might come to Christ before it is too i 
late. We need manj^ such as Bro. Gish, to : 
hold up the banner while Satan is against 
them. The SoulJi needs faithful workejs as '. 
well as the North. AVe have now entered a 
new year; let us be more faithful than in the \ 

past. J. P. MiLLEl!. 

Keota, lowd. 



Murray has done his duty, and although we 
can report no immediate accessions to the 
church, still I trust the good seed sown will 
not be lost, nor return void, but will accom- 
plish the end whereunto God has sent it, that 
through its instrumentality many souls may 
be saved. J. J. Emmert. 



From Burr Oak, Ind. 

Jan 2, Bro. J. H. Sellers, from Bourbon, 
Ind., came to us and held n series of meet- 
ings in the Salem church. After preaching 
twelve sermons, one precious soul made the 
good confession and was baptized. Bro. S. 
wielded the Sword with power. Saints have 
been built up and encouraged on their way 
to Zion. During these meetings the order 
was good, and the earnest exhortations 
aroused the whole congregation. This 
church is under the care of Eld. Jacob 
Shively. Our dear old veteran could not be 
wdth us at all of our meetings, on account of 
poor liealth. He is well stricken in years, 
but his prayers were with us. 

S. B. YoDEl!. 



From the Field. 



I AM now, Jan. U, with the Father's chil- 
dren near Courter, Ind. Have had a pleas- 
ant meeting with the congregation at Roann, 
in Wabash county, and also with the people 
of Mexico and vicinity, in Miami county. 
Here we have again seen the result of clos- 
ing the meetings too soon. AVhile at Mexico, 
we were called back to Roann, to assist in 
the funeral services of our aged friend, Wm. 
Gidly. AVhile he had not united with the 
church, he seems to have been a real friend 
of those whose lives have been devoted to 
the service of the Lord. The very large 
collection of friends of all classes, which 
gathered at the house of the Lord on that 
occasion, said, in unmistakable terms, that 
our friend had the confidence and aflfectiois 
of the people of his acquaintance. He was 
one of the old settlers in this country. 

A. Hutchison. 



From Henryville, Tenn. 



We, as scattered sheep of the fold, feel 
somewhat like Bro. Gish, of Arkansas, in G. 
M. No. 1. AVe have perishing souls here in 
the South, as well as elsewhere. AVhy 
should our ministers not come Soiith? When 
we read of so many good meetings, with 
preachers plenty and to spare, we think if 
some would go to the scattered sheej), how 
unich moje good might be done! Ministers 
should leave the ninety and nine and go in 
search of tLie oije that has gone astray. We 
have been here for the past year, and have 
scattered tracts and proclaimed our doctrine. 
It is new to most people here, bat they seem 
to take great interest in our doctrine. We 
have a minister with us now who came from 
Indiana, and so far like.s the country well, 
but as ho is a woakl}- man, it seems like im- 
posing on good nature to ask too much of 
bjiT). Wp intend to haye regular appoint- 



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Jan. 31, 1888. 



meuts soon, aud -with a little help Ave feel 
eontident that much good might be done. 
Brethren and sisters wishing a warm and 
healthy location, will please give us a call. 
I came here with very poor health, and have 
recovered without the use of any medicine. 
We have lived in Ohio aud Colorado, aud 
prefer this place to both. 

Mks. J. P. Baenhart. 

Revival at Hudson. 111. 

Di"i:iNt,. my visit to Illinois I have had the 
satisfaction of attending the best series of 
meetings I ever attended. 1 have listened 
to twenty-seven sermons, and have learned 
more about the Lord Jesus thau I have here- 
tofore kuouij. I go to my home in \Testern 
Nebraska, feeling proud of Duukardism. 
Why so, Otis? Because I have heard our 
doctrine preached aud ^jroved beyond a 
doubt. On the evening of Dec. '24: we held 
a eommuuion. At that meeting I heard the 
hest defense for the Lord's Supper that I 
have ever heard or read. The sjjeaker pro- 
duced fourteen clear Biblical points, any one 
of which clearly and suiely proved our posi- 
tion and practice of eating the blessed sup- 
per of the Lord. 

His sermon on trine immersion was sim- 
ply conclusive as to Biblical aud historical 
proof, and the man who would attempt to 
discuss this ordinance with oixr brother, 
thinking to defeat his arguments, must in- 
deed be a novice in the history of baptisms. 
This sermon should certainly be in the 
hands of the Tract Committee. 

The Brethren at Hudson are made strong 
in the faith, aud Avere pleased to hear our 
blessed doctrine so logically handled. In- 
stead of, we might say, almost a manner of 
doubt in the speaker, as to our "peculiar doc- 
irine,"' Ave heard overAvhelming aud clearly- 
pointed proofs. These, together Avitli the 
touching appeals to sinners, aroused hearts 
of Christiaus to action, and the sinners' 
heart to quake. Five precious souls were 
added to the kingdom. The thick ice over 
the riA'er Avas no hinderauce to these souls, 
and they rejoice in the Lord, their Savior, for 
the perfect plan of salvation. 

It Avould be unjust in me to omit the name 
of God's serA'ant who has so thoroughly and 
effectually revived the work of grace among 
the Brethren and friends at Hudson, for 
Bro. I. M. Gibson, whose "weapons of war- 
fare " " are rnighty through God," like young 
David of old, is a power in God's hands in 
liis youth. O. D. Lyox. 

Notes of Travel. 



tions and the best of order. They held their 
communion on the 'i-lth, which Avas a pleas- 
ant occasion. The members of this church 
live over a large scope of couutry, and could 
not all attend the meeting. Attendance and 
order Avere very good. During my stay with 
the members, the deacons made a request 
for more help. The church granted the re- 
quest, and the lot fell on brethren Jacob 
Kife aud J. Hart. This church has had 
some gloomy times, but from present ap- 
pearances they seem to be encouraged, look- 
ing for more suushiue. Ministering breth- 
ren traveling through that vicinity, should 
stop with that little flock. Address, Eld. J. 
H. Jellisou, Allison, LaAvrence Co,, 111. We 
thank the brethren and sisters and friends 
of that neighborhood for their kindness 
shoAvn me Avhile with them. 

John Metzgeiu 



Thanksgiving OiFering'. 



Cherry Grove church, Lanark, 111 $3 00 

James Neirnumen, Alexandria, Pa. . . . 50 

Malissa Hiskey, Morrill, Kans 50 

A. Wohlgamuth, Burb,^nk, 1 25 

D. B. Heiny and Avife, Red Lion, Nebr. 50 

Mrs. A. H. Shenk, Salunga Lane, Pa . . 2 00 

Julia A. Wood, Brerao Bluff, Va 1 25 

Mineral Creek ch'h, Johuson Co., Mo. 2 50 

Elizabeth Albright, West Lodi, O . . . . 1 00 

Ruth Ann Moser, Claysville, Pa 1 00 

Mrs. S. Schrock, Somerset, Pa 5 00 

Charlotte Creiger 50 

Barbara AVhitmer, Reideubach's Store, 

Pa 1 00 

R. K. Taylor, Deep River, la 1 00 

Mary C. Harvey, Fairview, Md 50 

Sophia Abernathy, FairvieAv, Md 50 

W. W. Reynolds, Rogers, Ark 1 00 

A sister, Waddam's Grove, 111 25 

D. L. MiLLEK, Treas. 



The Messenger. 



Dtc. 14 I left Cerro Gordo and arri\^ed at 
North Manchester, Ind., next day. Here I 
spent one day A'isiting relatives and friends, 
and then went to Chicago, Avhere I attended 
to hdina business. I then started for LaAv- 
rence Co., 111., where I met with the breth- 
ren and sisters Dec. 17, and continued meet- 
ings every evening until the 21st, Avhen they 
had their quarterly council. The meetings 
were continued again, with good congi-ega- 



No. 2 of the present volume came to hand, 
— its mission true to its name,— a bearer of 
tidings, glad tidings of great joy to the iso- 
lated, Avayworn pilgrim through this barren 
land. We read and reread its pages fraught 
with nourishing and clierishing food, and 
are particularly impressed Avith the terse 
and pointed definition of the true meaning 
of "mission Avork," by our esteemed brother, 
Landon West. " Visit the churches," mere- 
ly, is not true missionary work. Of course, 
it is very enjoyable to meet and commune, 
I and converse Avith those of like precious 
j faith, but it does not require the self-denial, 
i the cross-bearing, the utter dependence on 
God, our Heavenly Father, that it does to 
represent the Dunkard church faithfully 
where there is no encouragement, but Avhere 
all is dark and forbidding, and Avhere there 
are other churches whose discipline and doc- 
trine is lax enough to suit the taste of the 
modern Christian. 

Bro. Wm. M. Lyon also strikes the key- 
note, Avhen he alludes to the habit some 
brethren have in locating the heathen and 



unenlightened in the Far West, and in for- 
eign lands. HoAv many unenlightened, so 
far as the doctrine of the Brethren is con- 
cerned. liA-e Avithin only a short distance of 
their oavu doors? Wo need not take long 
journeys to find people Avho are hungering 
and thirsting after righteousness. 

No. 2 also brings the glad tidings of inter- 
esting and successful series of meetings be- 
ing held at many different placSs in the 
Brotherhood. What cheering uoavs to the 
true believer in the gospel of Christ! 

Sarah M. Saunders. 

From Warrior's Mark Church, Pa. 

Again Ave have enjoyed the privilege of a 
series of meetings, held by Bro. T. B. Mad- 
dock, of the Clover Creek congregation, Blair 
Co., Pa. He came among us Dec. 27, and 
remained uutil Jan. 8. There were no ac- 
cessions by baptism. Two Avere reclaimed, 
aud the church, Ave believe, has been greatly 
built up aud encouraged to labor more zeal- 
ously for the Master. Owing to the inclem- 
ency of the weather, and our weakness, phys- 
ically, Ave Avere unable to be at all the meet- 
ings, yet ~we have been greatly encouraged 
to a more earnest effort in our ministerial 
duties. We should like our adjoining min- 
isters to come and preach for us, as our eld- 
er lives at some distance, aud is Avell-ad- 
vanced in years. He is not able to be with 
us as much as Ave Avould like, or as he would 
wish. Bro. Gray has been in delicate health 
for some time, but is slowly impi-oviug. 

The church here is in peace, and union, so 
far as Ave know. May it be tlie desire of all 
who profess to follow Christ, to labor for 
peace and union ! John H. Laav. 

From Mohawk Valley Church, Oregon. 

The brethren and sisters, living in this 
vicinity, assembled Oct. 1 and held a very 
pleasant love-feast. Eld. M. M. Bashor of- 
ficiated. Our ministers are brethren Jacob 
Bahr and Philip Workman. Bro. Ira C. 
Wakefield Avas electtxl to the office of deacon. 
We are located eighteeu miles north-east of 
Eugene City, a station on the Oregon and 
Californiii railroad. Eugene City is the 
county-seat of Lane Co., Oregon. We hope 
our Brethren Avill remember the little band 
of brethren and sisters thfit resides here, and 
visit us. We need encouragement. We al- 
so know hoAv to sympathize with Bro. Gish 
in Arkansas, as we are also isolated from 
large aud Avell-established churches. We 
desire faithful brethren and sisters to come 
and help build up a church, zealous in the 
cause of our Redeemer. We ask to be re- 
membered iu the prayers of our dear breth- 
ren and sisters. Nancy Bahr. 

Isabel, Oregon. 

,. .»-.. 

From Pony Creek Church, Kans. 

Recently, at our council-meeting, the fol- 
loAving paper was presented: "Would it not 
be the duty of the elder in charge to make a 
' pastoral visit ' to each family of members 



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in his home charge, at least once a year? 
While thus engaged (which, in a large 
church, would require a good deal of his 
time), ministering to the wants of the soul, 
and speaking words of encouragement to the 
despondent, and weak ones, would it not be 
the duty of the church to minister to his 
temporal wants while he is ministering to 
their spiritual wants? " 

The paper was accepted, and may come 
before our District Meeting. By the phrase, 
" pastoral visit," is meant, a visit of a relig- 
ious character, — giviug words of cheer and 
comfort to all. Many of the lesser troubles 
that press the hearts of the members, the 
elder might be instrumental in removing, 
or, at least, of making them more easy to be 
borne. Some part of God's Word might be 
read, and a season of devotion had, where it 
is suitable. To eat at the tables of our 
members is an excellent way of strengthen- 
ing the relationship between the laity and 
the ^ministry. A pastoral visit of this char- 
acter would bring the ministry and the laity 
nearer together than can be done by merely 
preaching the Word. Where the relation 
between the ministry and laity is weak, or 
cold, or even luke-warm, preaching is large- 
ly a failure. In Acts 5: 42, we have the fol- 
lowing, respecting the work of the apostles: 
"And daily in the temple, and in every 
house, they ceased not to tench and preach 
Jesus Christ." We should like to hear 
through the Messenger in regard to the 
merits or demerits of the query. 

J. S. MOHLEll. 

Morrill, Kens. 



of the body of Christ, but isolated from the 
church. 

From here we went to Marcus, Cherokee 
county, where we were met by my wife's 
brother, F. D. Arnold, and my sister Mary, 
who took us to their p)leasant home, four 
miles south. I have three brothers living 
here. Christian, Henry and Daniel. 

We arrived home Dec. 31. The Salem 
church is in its usual health; love and union 
prevail, so far as we know, but we are in 
great need of ministerial aid. There ought 
to be many more able and energetic minis- 
ters in this valley, to help in the cause. 

John B. Lehman. 



Oar Visit East. 

After an absence of eighteen years from 
our native home, Defiance Co., Ohio, wife 
and I contemplated a visit to our kindred, old 
neighbors, and brethren and sisters in the 
Lord. We left our home, at Salem, Oregon, 
Nov. 10, and arrived at North Poplar Bidge 
Nov. 17. We realized that many loved ones 
had departed this life. While here, we made 
many calls. We had two pleasaut seasons 
oF public worship with the Nortli Poplar 
Ridge Bi-ethreii, on Sunday an<l on Thanks- 
giving Day. We are glad to note that this 
church seems to be in gospel order. Bro. 
H. Plory is the only minister here, and is in 
great need of help. Here is where we were 
received into the cliurch militant. Breth- 
ren and sisters, do not grow i.veary, trast on, 
work on, till Jesus comes to reward his 
servants. , 

Nov. 26, we arrived at Garrison, Benton 
C>., Iowa. From here v/e h;id been absent 
fourteen years. Here we lived four years 
previous to our coming to Oregon. We met 
a friendly greeting by all. We met once in 
the Garrison church for public worship. 
This church seems to be in good working 
order, nnd true to her calling. Our reunion 
with friends here was a pleasant one. 

Dec. 8 we left Garrison, and arrived the 
same day at Clarion, Wright Co. We were 
met by John Fletcher, son-in-law of Jacob 
B. Lehman. He and his wife are members 



Notes from the Field. 



Dec. 31 we began a series of meetings in 
the Back Creek congregation, Franklin Co., 
Pa., at the Upton meeting-house, and con- 
tinued until Jan. 15. We had twenty meet- 
ings altogether. Two were received by bap- 
tism, and the brethren and sisters greatly 
revived and encouraged. The church at this 
place has undergone some very sore trials in 
the past, but we were glad to learn that they 
feel that the dark clouds are dispersing, and 
a new era of light seems to be dawning upon 
them. We can truly say that it has seldom 
been our privilege to labor where the Breth- 
ren seem more attentive, loving and zealous, 
than they are here. There is no fault-find- 
ing and wrangling, such as the poor evangel- 
ist is often compel ledto hear. During these 
meetings they held an election for two dea- 
cons, and the lot fell on brethren George 
Diehl and David Hollinger. May the Lord 
give them both grace to discharge their 
whole duty in the new responsibility that he 
has placed upon them. This church is un- 
der the fostering care of Eld. David Long. 
We anticipate for them a bright future. 

- W. A. Gaunt. 



From Parnell City, Nodaway Co., Mo. 

The Brethren held a week's meetings at 
the above-named place, in a small school- 
house. They had good order and the best 
of interest. Some were almost persuaded. 
We sensibly felt the need of a house in 
which to hold our meetings. Of late I have 
corresponded with members from nine dif- 
ferent States, and if they all settle among 
us, we will have quite an addition of mem- 
bers by letter. We are expecting some 
from Kansas and Nebraska. Some think of 
coming from Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, 
Michigan, Dakota, Wisconsin and Iowa. 
May the good Lord continue his rich bless- 



ings! 



W. B. Sell. 



From ftuinter, Kans. 



Our home ministers commenced a series 
of meetings on Christmas, and continued till 
New Year. The meetings were not so large- 
ly attended, on account of bad weather, but 
very good interest vv^as manifested. To-day 
the church met in council for the purpose of 
re-organizing our Sabbath-echool. The 



meeting passed off pleasantly, and all mani- 
fested a wil iugness to help in the interest 
of the Sabbath- school. We were pleased to 
see such interest manifested, for ".ve have a 
great many childreji here in town who will, 
no doubt, attend. I think we will have a 
good school. Li/ziE Hilary. 

From the Ten Mile Congregation, Ind. 

The meetings in the above-named church 
closed Jan, 15, with good interest. The 
Brethren have bought the Baptist church in 
the town of Markle. The attendance was 
good. There are about forty members in 
the district, presided over by Eld. Dorsey 
Hodgden. They are in need of a located 
minister. The members are kind and socia- 
ble, and willing to push forward the cause 
of our Master. If a minister would locate 
here, he could, with the co-operation of the 
members, do much good. \Vhat they need 
is a shepherd, and if he would do his duty, 
the members would stand by Iriin. The op- 
ening for a growth, both spiritually and nu- 
merically, is good. At present I am laboring 
in the Center church, Eld. Conrad Kahler's 
district. After that I shall labor in Eld. 
Holler's district, near Dayton; then in the 
East Nimishillen district, Stark^Co., Ohio, 
no providential interference. 

Silas Hoover. 
Thornville, Ohio. 



From Grenola, Elk Co., Kans. 

Dec. 23, wife and I started on a visiting 
and preaching tour of about three weeks. 
By the request of friend Clark Walker, 
whose wife is a sister, and three other sis- 
ters and two brethren, within sis miles, we 
stopped there and ga^e them some meetings. 
They live from five to ten miles north-west 
of Burden, Cowley Co., Kans. Bro. Charles 
Yearout preached for them last winter, and 
baptized one. They would like him to come 
and preach two or three Aveeks. There are 
several ready to come into the church, if 
they had any prospect of having meetings 
regularly. I hope Bro. Yearout will go and 
preach for them. They are in good earnest, 
and seem to apjDreciate the preaching of the 
Brethren much. They wished me to come 
often and preach for them, but 1 could not 
promise, as I am too old and feeble. My 
health is good, but soon I shall complete my 
eightieth year. John Murray. 



From Maria, Pa. 



Bro. C. G. Lint, of Meyersdale, Pa., came 
to us Jan. 14, and is now holding a series of 
meetings in the Woodbury church. Bro. 
Lint is a good speaker, and, with the united 
prayers of the church, we may look forw'ard 
to a good meeting. As to the results of the 
meetings I may report in the future. 

D. S. Replogle. 



Nobody is perfect, but forbearance and 
love do much to soften the irritable, hard 
edges of existence. 



THK oosPHT, mh<:ssp:norr 



Jnu. yi, 1888. 



lu Memoriam 



0!i fairest tiovver to us given 

To help us on the road to heaven, 

And, after short abode, gone to th\ homo. 

Thou, with the star-crowned angels, there wilt roam. 

Oh parents of so sweet a child. 
Learn to subdue vour sorrows wild. 
Your falseiinagined loss cease to lament: 
Think ^^hat a present voii to God have >ent: 

. I Frit-nil. 

At Work in the Vineyard. 



I AM at the rnion eliurch, iu Big Xeck, 
Adams Co., 111., holding a series of meetings. 
This is now the close of the second week at 
this place, where the Brethren have never 
preached, except an occasional sermon. Con- 
gi-egatious are good, and the interest is grow- 
ing. 

I like Bro. W. M. Lyon's "Sounds from 
the Gospel Harp." The place where J am 
now preaching is only five miles from our 
Chapel in Loraire, and the hearers of my 
congregation are as good listeners as I have 
ever had. I am satisfied that many Mace- 
dordas lie very near to our own homes. 
Bretliren, do not go away ofP, where you 
have never been heard of, but go and tell 
those near you the story of the cross. 

H. W. Strickler. 

From Philadelphia. Pa. 



behind the Committee in its spirit. IMae 
meeting wn^ entirely devoid of those j^erson- 
al quarrels, common to such meetings. The 
very hardest charges were investigated with 
the greatest coolness. 

I am free to say that it is my opinion the 
visit of the Committee among the eastern 
churches will result in good. I am, and the 
Philadelphia church is, willing to work in 
harmony with the General Brotherhood for 
the common good of all concerned, and for the 
peace of Zion. And what is now needed, and 
very much desired all around, is the exercise 
of discretion. By a few harsh and misguided 
threats we may be precipitated into confus- 
ion. This no one wants. If all is done in 
the spirit of the work in our late meeting, I 
have no fears but that, as a church, we will 
override all difliculties. E. A. Ori!. 

.'//,9 Marshall St. 



To the Officers of the Local Churche."! of the 
North-Western District of Ohio. 



FIKK— M.WTON. 
John Fike and Mrs 

dia, K:ui^. 



-.'\l the bride's residence, Hro. 
Harriett ^ta\•ton, both of Scan- 

A. W. .\f.STIN. 



Fallen Asleep. 



"Blessed are tlie dead which die in the Lord " 

PORTER.- Near Macksburg, Iowa, Jan. 14, Mrs. 
Harriet Porter, aged 26 years and ^7 days. She 
leaves a husband, five children and inanv relative-- 
to mourn their loss. M. Mvkrs. 

BEITLER.— Near Gettysburg, Pa, Dec. ,^i, Sophia 
M., wife of Andrew H. Beitler, aged 49 vears and 7 
months. Services by Rev, T. J. Barkley, of the Re- 
formed church, and Bro. John Tro^tli.-. 

B. F. KlTTIKflER. 

CRIPE.— In the St. Nrain churcli, Colo., Jan. 15, sis- 
ter Cripe, wife of Bro. Jonathan Cripe, and daughter 
of Eld. Ruple, of Indiana, aged ,^6 years, ,^ months 
and 23 days. 

Deceased came iiere in search of health, but did 

not come in time to receive the benefit that many of us 

[ have recei\cd. She leaves a husband, four children 

i and many friemls to mourn tlieir loss. .Services h\ 

the writer. G. \V . Feslkr. 



-Mv so long silence is accounted for by my 
fullness of labor. But, knowing that many 
in tlie West, and I may .say all over the 
Brotherhood, are jnuch interested to know 
the action of the committee sent from Annu- 
al Meeting to the churches of Eastern Penn- 
sylvania, I give these items. The members 
of the committee are R. H. Miller, B. F. 
Moomaw, D. Long, C. F. Oiler and W. E. 
Stoner. They met with the Philadelphia 
church Dec. 21, and held four sessions. 
Many matters, g.ood, bad and indifierent, 
came before them, all of which were kindly 
handled. 

T must say that this committee came 
in a Christian spii-it, and this spirit they 
maintained throughout. By this they gained 
the love and respect of our entire con- 
gregation. Here in the East there are com- 
mon reports about the actions of church 
committees, circulated studiously to our in- 
jury. Many of these reports have founda- 
tion, I am .sorry to say, and I say it here to 
warn against such errors; but many more are 
got uxj for effect. The spirit and action of 
this committee has done, and is doing, much 
to redeem the church from such odium. 

I do not mean by this that the committee 
deviated from the general order of the 
Church in any of their decisions. All of 
them were in perfect harmony with the 
Church, as expressed in Annual Meeting; 
but the spirit of their decisions was such as 
to disarm the opptosition to these measures. 
The report of the Committee, after a few ex- 
planations, and with no expressions of bad 
feeling, was almost unanimously accepted. 

Altogether, it was a meeting for which we 
can praise God. The church was not a whit 



The brethren of the Book and Tract Work 
have requested me to correspond with the 
several churches of the above-named Dis- 
trict to urge them to appoint solicitors, ac- 
cording to request of Annual Meeting, to 
gather contributions for the Tract AVork. 
Should I have missed any of the churches, 
or ehoulcl any have failed to attend to 
this work, we hope tliej?^ will attend to it 
at once. There is a great work before us, 
brethren, and much depends upon the officers 
of the church, as to whether the work will 
advance as it should. There are many of 
our brethren and sisters who are ready and 
anxious to contribute towards this noble en- 
terprise, if there is only an opportunity pre- 
sented to them. The oflicers should see that 
there are solicitors appointed. When ap- 
pointed, let them correspond with the Breth- 
ren's Book and Tract Work, Dayton, Ohio, 
which will send them some tracts and in- 
structions. I hope there will be a move in 
this work all along the line. 

L. H. Dickey. 

Abxida, Ohio. 

Matrimonial. 

YOrXG-KURTZ.— At the residence of the under- 
signed, Jan. 15, Bro. Allen II. Young, of Summit 
Co., and sister Mary E. Kurtz, of .Stark Co., Ohio. 
Chari.es F. Kinsley. 

BARNIl.VRT— PATTON.--At the residence of the 
bride's parents, Jan. 15, by P. A. Moore, Bro. Char- 
ley Barnhart and Miss .Susie Patton, both of Wood- 
ford Co. III. Rdpii-. Barxhar). 

RICHARDS— WORST.— -At the residence of the 
bride's parents. Eld. George Worst's, Dec. 22, by the 
undersigned, Mr. Dwane Richards and Miss Emina 
Worst, both III /Xshland Co., Ohio. 

.Sa.miei, .S|"K axkki,. 

KEPNER.— SPEt;K.— In (Jettysburg, Pa, Jan. i, by 
Bro. M. Bushman, Mr. Jloiner Kepner and sisler 
Amelia J. .Speck, all of the Marsh Creek churcli. Pa, 

ROOT— SHANNON.— At the residence of the bride's 
parents, Everest, Kans , by the imdersigned, Wm. 
Root and Mary Shannon. W. H. II. Sawver. 

WINTERS- BERLINCOURT.— Atthe residence of 
the bride's parents, Dec. 27, by Eld. Benjamin Fry- 
fogle, Bro. Jonathan Winter? and Lovinia Berlin- 
court. 



(lOOD. — In the .So\itli Beatrice church, Nebr., Jan 14, 

Bro. Samuel Good, aged S5 years and 29 days. .Ser- 

\ices by the Brethren, from Re\-. 14: 73. 

Urias Shick. 
WI.SE. — .\t her home in Grant Co., Ind., Oct. 19, of 

dropsy, sister Margaret (Lockeredge) Wise, aged 6:; 

years, 3 tnonths and 4 days 

WLSE. — At the same place, Dec. 20, of heait disease, 
Bro. John Wise, husband of the abovc-nained sister, 
aged 6S ^-ears, 8 months and 4 days. 

Both bodies were buried in the cemeter\ west of 

Hagerstown, Ind. .Services by Bro. Lewis Kinscy. 

COGSHELL.— In the Nettle Creek church, Ind., Jan, 
4, sister Margaret Cogshell, aged 66 years and 2 days. 
Deceased was afllicted for 20 years, and -was entire- • 
ly blind for 7 years, but she always seemed cheerful, 
and bore her aillictions with Christian forfilude, look- 
ing unto Jesus for her deliverance. Her husband and 
two children pieceiled I'.cr to eternify some vears ago. 
She leaves a large circle of rclaii\es to mourn their 
loss. 

Tl'RNPAW. — [11 the s,-inie church, Jan 7, of brair, 
fe\ er, sisler Amanda R.( Cochran; Turnpaw, aged 3:; 
years, 8 months and 17 days. She li\av(.s a husband 
and two children to mo\irn tluir I'^ss 

.\itRAii,\:si Bowman. 
JENNINGS. — Near Mai;oupin Creek, Montgomery 
Co., 111., Jan. 13, Leituic Jennings, aged 5) years 
and 21 days. .Servict-s by Cullen Gibson. 

Et.lZARETII N. Lkkr, 

STUTZMAN.-- In the .Macoiifiin Creek church, Mont- 
gomery Co., 111., Jan. 9, sisler Catharine .Stutzrnan, 
aged 42 years and 28 d.ays. Srrsices hy elders M. |. 
McCIure and Javan Gibson. G, W. Gussow 

MOORE. — In the Soulh Beatric church, (jagc Co., 
Nebr., Jan. S, sistei -Sarah C. Moore, aged 56 vears, 2 
months and i\ days. .She leaves a husband and six 
children to mourn llu-ir loss. .S- )\ices by the Breth- 
ren. I'kias SrriCK. 

WOODCOCK. N.ar Plensantville, la., Aug. 4, 1S87 
of cholera morbus, Benjamin F. Woodcock, aged 39 
\ears, 2 months and4ila\.. He leaves a wife anti 
one child to mourn their loss. He was a member of 
the Winebrennerian church. .Services by Eld. Chain- 
berlin, from John 10: 27, 28. 

PUTERB.-VUGH In the Garrison church, Benton 
Co., Iowa, Dec. 15, .Stephen Ivugfiie, son of Bro. 
.Stephen and sister Susannah PLiterbaugh, aged 8 
months and 11 days. .Seiviccs by the writer. 

.STR.rllEX JOHNSOX. 

PERKINS. — At the home of her son, near Clarks- 
ville, Butler Co., Iowa, Dec 9, Mrs. Martha F. Per- 
kins, aged 74 years, 9 tnonths and 26 days. She 
leaves a husband, one son and four daughters to 
mourn their loss .Services by Rev, M. W. Galcr. 

Mary A. Strayer. 



Jai). 81, 1888. 



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BOWERS.— Near Hope, Kans., Dec. S, of ij'phoid 
malaria, J ohnii}-, son of Hen rv and Louisa Rowers, 
aijed 9 xcar";. in months and .S davs. 

L. A. Shirk. 



Tract AVork. 



I)(JMr:R.--In Ihe Shipsawana cimicli, Lagrange Cu., 
iiul., Dec. 2T,, lister Rebecca, wife of I5ro. Levi Dom- 
er, aged 42 years, i montii and i,, days. 

Deceased was a consistent member of tlie churcli 
for ;:o jears, and always ready and willing to do what 
.she could. She will be missed by many, and leaves a 
companion and live children to mourn their loss. Ser- 
vices by Eld. Benjamin Leer. S. j. Bom(;.\ri)Ner. 

SHK. ANTZ.— In the Wc-t Nimi-hillen church, Stark 
C'o., Ohio, .Sept. i .', Bro. Michael .Shriml/, aged 67 
sear.--, II months and 9 da>s. 

Deceased i,vas born in Lancaster Co., Pa., Oct. 3, 
'1S19; moved rtitli ius parents to Stark Co., Ohio, in 
1831;; married .Sarah Mohler, March 15,1840. Five 
children. jMeccded him to ihe spirit land. The widow 
and four children siux'ix'c to mourn their loss. I'or 2^ 
\ ears he was a consistent member of the church. .Ser- 
vices hv Bro. Noah Longanccker. 

MI-:LLIN<;ER.- - Near New Portage, Summit Co., 
Ohio, L'M. 3, sister L_\dia Mellingcr, aged 59 years. 
Shr tuul been afflicted for \ ears. The husband and 
four children were present at the funeral; two chil- 
dren arc in the West, .Services by the writer. 

.S.WU'Kl. SfK-WKKI.. 

IM'Or rZ. -.•\.t his liome in Mahaska Co., Iowa, Dec. 

13, of neuralgia of tlie heart. Bio. Peter Pfoiitz, ageil 

71 \ears, 5 months and 15 da^'s. 

Father was born in Frederick Co,, Md., in 1816; 
in 1^548, manied .Sar.nh RenuL-r, who, ",\ilh two chil- 
d,cn, is left to mourn her loss. He was a member 
of the Brethren ctuircli for o\'er 50 vears, ber\'ing as 
lieaeon for 3f) years, alwaj's being found at Ids post. 
He endured many hardships as a [liomer, both in and 
out of the church, as those can testify who labored 
witli him. He was noted for his luispitality and chari- 
ty. .Sei vices bv brethren J. Gable and ,S. P. Millei-, to 
a large concourse of sympathizing friends. 

JESTINA ProuTz. 

M\'ERS. -In lioanoke, Huntington Co., Ind., Jan. 7, 
Bro. lohti l')ielil Myers, aged 72 years, 3 months and 
14 days. ^-^ 

Deceased was born in f rederick Co., .Md., Sept. 
13, iSi5;mo.ed svitli his parents to .Stark Co, Ohio, 
in 1831; married Miss- Esther Th.omas, .Sept. S, 1S39. 
Ttditeeu children blessed their uruon, ten of whom are 
living. In 1852. Bro. Mvers and family moved to 
Huntingdon Co., Ind., settling on a fai-iri seven tniles 
north of Huutitigton. After purchasing a larger farm 
near Roanoke, his health began to fail, and he bought 
:i little home in Roanoke, where he ii\cd until death. 
In 1S41;. he united with the Brethren cliureMi. W'hen 
he uas iisked regarding his willingness to die, he .said: 
" I h.ive no fear, I am ready to go: Jesus is*'with me." 
He ilic'i in gieat peace, and leaves many friends to 
uMuru bis departure, but not uitliout a hope. Ser- 
vie. - hv Bro Dorsey Hodgderi. H. C. Myeks. 



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Vol. 26, Old Series. 



No. 6 



THE GOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BliUMBATlGn, Editor, 

And Basmoss Manager of the Eastern House, Box .50. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 

Eld. Jas. A. Sell i^%ow holding meetings at Manor 
Hill, an outside appointment of the Spring Run con- 
gregation. The meetings will be continued several 
'weeks. 

We are informed that Eld. John B. Florj, of Vir- 
ginia, has been preaching at the Fairview church, Blair 
county. From there he goes to the Clover Creek 
church. 



Bro. Quinter is now preaching for the Brethren at 
Green Tree, near Philadelphia. He will be gone sev- 
eral weeks, and may call with the City Brethren before 
returning. 

Bro. p. F. Cipp, of Griifln, Pa., informs us that 
,they are having a series of meetings at the Summit 
church-house, and that Bro. G. W. Lowry is doing the 
preaching. 

The Aughwick Bretliren are conducting a series of 
meetings in the Hill Valley church-house by the home 
ministers. Report says they are having good attend- 



Eld. C. G. Lint, of Myersdale, Pa , is preaching for 
the Brethren of the Woodburj' church. From there 
we hope to hear a good report, as Bro. Lint is a skill- 
ful laborer in the Lord's work. 



Elders J. W. and G. W. Brumbaugh held a series 
of meetings at Piney Creek, and as a result three ac- 
cessions were made to the church. This meeting was 
in the boundaries of their own district, and shows that 
home efforts are not without results. 



Eld. J. \V. Brumbaugh called a short time at our 
office, on his return from the Lewi-^tov.-n, Pa., church, 
where he had been holding some meetings. Bro. John 
lias been lon^'in the service and has done considerable 
preaching, but feels that he ought to do still more. 
This is a good feeling, and should be more fully enter- 
tained bv us all. 



WHAT TO DO. 

On account of the magnitude of duty that looms ur, 
before us, and the shortness of the time allotted i j us i:i 
which we can do what we ought to do, the question 
what to do is one of more than' ordinary importance. 
The convicted jailer was not the first, nor the last one, 
to ask. What must I do? What to do, suggests itself 
to every intelligent man and woman, in times without 
number, and yd, in an average sense, most people 
seem as if they knew all about life's duties, and just 
how much of them it is their duty to do. This, how- 
ever, is not by any means a general or common experi- 
ence. Our relations and associations in life are so mul- 
titudinous and intricate in tlx;ir bearings and influenc- 
es, that it becomes an unsolvable problem to us to 
know what to do. Wise men and philosophers have 
built up theory after theory only to have them torn to 
pieces by the practical issues of life. 

One of the things to do, and perhaps the first one, is 
to try to learn or know ourselves and what Ave really 
arc. The beginning of wisdom in the mind of the old 
philosophers, was: "Man, know thyself." How far 
man has succeeded in this direction still remains an 



unsolved problem, or at least partially so. Yet some- 
tb.ing in this direction has been learned and forms part 
of a basis for intelligent action. 

The next thing for us to understand is our relation 
to our fellows, as it is impossible for us to do, without, 
in some way, affecting the doings of others. That 
this affecting may be in justice and equit}', the rela- 
tions must be understood or there will result a clash- 
ing of interests which may seriously affect oiu'selves 
as well as our fellows. The nearer we can understand 
these relations, the better we will know what to do to 
avoid clashing and promote harmony. 

Through sin the hannony of human machinery has 
been thrown out of gear. There is not only a lack in 
knowing what to do, but there is also a wanting in do- 
ing what wc do know. 

What was lost in sin is to be restored in righteous- 
ness through Chi'ist. Hence the enunciation was, 
" Peace, good will' to men." Harmony will bring 
peace, and peace, good will. None of these desirable 
conditions can be restored until our relations one to an- 
other are understood. Li what position must we place 
ourselves, or what course can we pursue to bring about 
harmony of feeling and action among us.' Is the theo- 
ry correct, that all men are essentially alike, and that 
before we can do our fellow good we must become like 
him.' If I find my brother in the gutter, must I go 
there, too, and, in being like him, help him out.' It 
bee.as to un tltaL J.io I'liliiva fb aii cssenti.il th '...'/■tt'tQ 
give aid to one another, as like things and like circum- 
stances cannot be of help to each other. 

In the heavens and the revolving of the planets, 
there is no clashing, not because things are alike, but 
because the proper relations are known and sustained. 
The planetary system has not been disarranged through 
sin, and therefore their harmonious action continues, 
though there be one glory of the sim, another of the 
moon, and still others of the stars. The harmony does 
not exist on account of their similarity one to another, 
but because the relations one to another have not been 
interfered with. We are a world of people seeking 
after happiness, som.e with more success than others, 
while many fail altogether. Happiness is the desirable 
thing, and the Great Teacher came and placed within 
our reach the possibilities for our attaining unto this 
condition. These possibilities are ours, not only for 
ourselves, but it i=i laid upon us to help others to take ad- 
vantage of them. The question is. What are we to do 
that we nia}^ be most successful in accomplishing this 
end.' How are we to go about it.' Many of us have 
the desire, but tiie way to do it is not clear. Th.; con- 
ditions of those to be helped are so varied and peculiar 
that in trying to do good to others we may do the op- 
posite. Instead of helping them up, we may encourge 
them to lie still. Give them money, and it may be a 
curse to them instead of a blessing. 

Not long since a man called in our office and wanted 
a little money to buy a meal, as he said he was very 
hungry. Wishing to do the man good, we gave him 
enough to get a good meal. As soon as he had the 
money he went direct to the hotel and drank it out 
in whiskej', which got him into trouble and landed 
him in the " lock-up." Instead of doing him good we 
did him harm, and helped to get him into trouble. We 
were mistaken in our relation J,o him, and, as a result, 
exercised charity in a wrong direction. What to do 
for such men and in such cases, is the unsolved prob- 
lem. Our relations to them seem to be such as will 
not enable us to get hold of them; and if we could, 
their number is so great that we could not hold them j 
long enough to do them good, to educate them up to a 
fair standard of right. The general idea is, they are 
too far gone, — they are beyotul reclaiming. I 



In some cases this ma^' be so, but more of them are 
bej'ond help, because Ave do not knoAv what to do, — do 
not understand their lives, and do not know where and 
how to take hold of them. 

The more hopeful way sccins to be to take liold of 
the young before they get so far av.aj- from their nor- 
mal condition, and tlie ideas of right. But even under 
these more favorable circumstances avc are often 
equally puzzled to know what to do. 

Early the other morning, after a snow and a stormy 
night, several boys came to our door, requesting the 
privilege to shovel the snow from the pavement. They 
were the children of poor pai-cnts, Avho badly needed 
the Avages the Avork would demand, in ^vhich ca.-e it 
would be charity to let the work, and give the moncv. 
But give the monev, and follov/ the receivers, and they 
Avill lead you direct to the tobacconist, and tiiere the 
TOonej' Avill be spent for cigars or a plug of tobacco, 
Avhich, instead of doing the boys good, Avill make first 
steps for them toward idleness and crime. 

In all these cases there is a Avay to do, but the Avay 
can not be made practical through individual effort. 
It requires concentration of means and labor to incul- 
cate into the minds of such boys the true ideas of right 
doing. And luitil this is done, no amount of giving 
Avill be of benelit to them. They are laboring and liv- 
ing under a moral wrong that must be riglittd before 
good through them can be accomplished. 

The-ame dhticuity prevails On the pan ot tiiose A\ho 
wish to labor for the spiritual good of those Avho are 
morally and spiritually ^vrong. We have amon"- us 
many Avho have these desires, and there is a world of 
those Avho are needing such help. - But the question is, 
"How?" The moral distance between the tAvo is 
so great that it seems almost impossible for them to 
get close enough together. Thg relation is there, but 
often, and with many, it is hard to see. 

In thinking over this subject, our mind Avas turned 
to Bro. Quinlan's Avork in Baltimore. His success in 
accomplishing good must consist largely in his under- 
standing the relation that exists between himself and 
the boys and girls for Avhose good he is laboring. |ust 
to the extent that he understands these relations, he se- 
cures the possibilities of so changing them as to have 
them harmonize. To do this it is not necessary that 
he should become a part of them, but he must get near 
enough that they can lay hold on h.im to be led b\^ him. 
To expect to do this at once, or at one effort, is to ex- 
pect a miracle Avhich is not necessary where there is so 
much human agency through which God does his 
Avork. Opposites do not embrace at once, neither do 
the unlike intermingle until certain essential relations 
are understood and fixed. One good essential relation 
made, opens the Avay for more and for all. To reach 
the AvayAvard we must first gain their love, and then it 
is that they Avill reach out toward us and allov.- us to 
take hold of them. To save the lost we must first gain 
their love and confidence. Then is fear driven awav, 
and they Avill not only allow us to approach them, but 
they Avill come to us. What then.- Shall avc take 
them in.' We know of no other way. We would not 
imdertake to reform a boy on the street or in the sa- 
loon. These are the places that have led him astrav, 
and to get him back, his relations must be changed. 
I[e must stay no longer on the street and in the sa- 
loon, but in our homes, in safe places, Avliere the temp- 
tations do not reach him. So God would have us deal 
Avith his lost children. Bring them into the fold as 
soon as ^-ou can get their consent to come, and then 
feed, instruct and change relations. 

What to do is a Ijjg subject, and we must give it more 
consideration before we will ever be able to do much, 
To know and to do are the great secrets of success. 



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Feb. 7, 188S. 



lESSJ^l^S 



'Study to ^how tlijself apiroTod unto God; a workman that 

i:ee\leth not be asliamed. rightly diridiug the 

Word of Truth." 



IX MEMORY OF MOTHER REED. 



Lite i- i-au, anil home is lireaiv. 

Since maternal love is flown. 
All around seeins lone and wearv. 

Since the cherished form is gone. 

l.'fe Nvas sweet when in th^ radiance 
Of her cheering smile we lived, 

liiit those vears of rich experience 
Now are fled, and we are grieved. 

Mother's life we fondlv cherisii, 
While she moulders in the tomh, 

Mav iier living counsels lloiirish 
Till we nieet in vender iionie. 

Mortal pleasures soon must vanish, 

Earthly comforts fade and die, 
But no cloud our liglit shall banish 

In ilie cloudless home on high. 

Lei us hail God's sovereign power, 

Let us vield to his control. 
Then, however dark the liour, 

All will tend to save the soul. 

Friendship, then, b_v death though riven. 

Dark and lone the path mc tread, 
Friends shall be restored in heaven, 

(jod will raise them from the dead. 

Cn-.K D. XolUn 



EXAMINE YOURSELVES WHETHER YOU 
BE IN THE FAITH. -2 Cor. 13: 5. 



DY S. X. M OAXX. 



The Faith. 
Evir»EXTLY Paul did not want the Corintli- 
ian chnrcli to examine themselves whether 
they were iu a faith, for there were faiths 
many and doctrines many; neither do we wish 
to test whether we are iu a faith, for it 
would, indeed, be a'novelty to have xo faitli. 
Faiths range from the lowest form of Bud- 
dhism up to the " faith of Abraham," and in 
range we may find Mormonism, CatholiciBm 
and Protestantism, with their branches, each 
branch claiming a faith. "A" faith will avail 
us nothing; it must be the faith that Jude 
speaks of when he says, "It was needful for 
me to write unto you, and exhort you, that 
ye should earnestly contend foi- the faith 
which was once delivered unto the saints." 
It is this faith that Jeremiah speaks of, when 
he says, "Ask for the old paths, where is the 
good way. and walk therein, and ye shall 
find rest to your souls." It is the fat'i h 
that Paul wanted taught when he told Timo- 
thy to " charge some that they teach no oth- 
er doctrine" Q Tim. 1: Z), when he told Ti- 
tus, his " own son, after the common faith," 
to rebuke some sharply " that they may be 
sound in the faith " (Titus 1: -1, 13 i; when he 
wrote to the Ephesians of tlie " one faith " 
working in us who have different gifts until 
" we all come in the unity of the faith, and 
of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a 
perfect man, unto the measure of the stature 
of the fullness of Clirist" fEph. 4: 5, 13); 
when he entreated the church at Philippi to 
" stand fast in one sjjirit, Avith one mind, 
striving together for the faitli^of the gospel " 
(Philpp. 1: 27 j; when he thanked God that 



though once servants of sin, " ye have obeyed 
from the heart that form of doctrine which 
Avns delivered you." Rom. (!: 17. 

It is tliis failh " once delivered unto the 
saints 'that designates them as a peculiar 
peoiDle, "zealous of good works " (Titus 2: 
14 ) ; that causes them to come out from the 
infidels, and idolaters, and unbelieving, and 
"be separate," as the Lord saith (2 Cor. C: 
17 ); that makes them "a spectacle unto the 
world, and to angels and to men" (1 Cor. 4: 
0), and a " gaziugstock both by reproaches 
and afflictions." Heb. 10: 33. 

It is this peculiar people " that have ob- 
tained like precious faith " (2 Pet. 1: 1), that 
" speak the same thing," that have " no di- 
visions," and that are " perfectly joined to- 
gether iu the same mind and in the same 
judgment." 1 Cor. 1: 10. 

Those who " have obtained like precious 
faith " are ONE, as the apostles were one, and 
as the Father and Son are one. " Neither 
pray I for these alone, but for them also 
which shall believe on me through their 
word; that they all may be one; as thou. Fa- 
ther, art in me and I in thee, that they also 
may be one in us." John 17: 11, 21, 23. 

Those who are one, "hold fast the form of 
soirnd words," as Christ, through his apostles, 
gave them. They who " hold fast the form 
of sound words" are not afraid to ieach and 
observe all things whatsoever Christ has 
commanded. Matt. 28: 20. This one faith 
brings us down to the teaching of Christ, for 
those who " teach otherwise and consent not 
to Avholesome words, even the words of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which 
is according to godliness," are " proud, know- 
ing nothing." 1 Tim. G: 3. • 

This " peculiar people " will receive a 
"love of the truth, that they might be saved," 
for God will send strong delusions to those 
who will not receive a "love of the truth " 
that they may believe a lie and be damned. 
2 Thess. 2: 10, 11. 

"\Ve can believe just what we wish to be- 
lieve, hold fast just what faith we wish to 
hold, but if we would be children of God, 
heirs of the promise, we must learn obedi- 
ence of Christ, who, though a "Son, yet 
learned he obedience by the things which he 
suffered, and being made perfect became the 
Author of eternal salvation to all them that 
obey him." Heb. 5: 8, 9. We must lose 
our wills in his Avill, saying, " Not my will 
but thine be done." Until our wills can be 
lost in his will, we have not " the faith once 
delivered unto the saints," even if we do 
profess faith, repentance, and baptism by 
trine immersion, even if we do " greet with a 
kiss of charity," " wash one another's feet," 
eat a supper, — the " feast of charity," keep 
the " Eucharist," "the broken body and shed 
blood," and anoint " Avith oil in the name of 
the Lord." 

The sum and substance of " the faith once 
delivered to the saints " seems to be con- 
tained in these Avords, " Now the end of the 
commandment is charity out of a pure heart, 
of a good conscience, and faith unfeigned." 
I ITim. 1: 5. 



THE CHANGES OF TIME. 



BY A. II. BALTIR[Or>E. 



" Therefore if anynian be in Christ, he is a new 
creature: old things arc passed auav, behold, all things 
are become new." 2 Coi. 5: 17. 

I HAVE seen the May lloAver bloom and 
fade aAvay. I have looked upon the rose-bud 
AA'hile it Avas yet small, and I have seen it 
after it had burst forth as a beautiful lloAver, 
and enjoyed its SAveet fragrance. Again I 
have looked upon it Avlien its beauty had 
faded, and its petals Avere falling to the 
ground. This brought to my mind- the 
AA'ords of the apostle Peter, when he said, 
" All flesh is as grass and all the glory of 
man as the flower of grass. The grass with- 
ereth, and the flower thereof falleth away." 

I have looked upon the soAver, as he Avent 
forth, casting his Avheat upon the melloAv 
earth; and from the time it sprang up have I 
watched it, until the sunshine of summer 
days ripened it, and the reaper gathered the 
sheaves. I have seen the tender infant 
Avhile reposing upon the mother's arms, and 
Avatched it until it came to the years of man- 
hood or Avomanhood. I have stood by the 
bedside of the aged, Avhen, Avith them, the last 
year, the last day, and the last moment had 
passed. From my youth I have counted the 
years as they have come and gone, until they 
have brought me near Avhere I hope to lay 
my burden doAvn,— and "change " is inscribed 
lapon all! 

We noAv Avrite 1S8H. For the first time in 
111 years, there are three successive figures 
alike in the number of the year. It Avill be 
111 years until it occurs again, in 1999, AA'hen, 
according to our Bible account, the six thou- 
sandth year of creation will be near its close. 
The living at that time may behold Avonder- 
ful things. They may see the Son of God 
coming in the clouds of heaven, and the dead 
in Christ, coming forth to meet him iu the 
air. They may Avitness the binding of the 
" old serpent, Avhich is the devil, and Satan." 
This Avill give peace and harmony on the 
earth for the space of one thousand years. 

At that great event the dead in Christ 
have the promise of arising first to meet their 
Lord. At the close of 1999, Ave, that are liv- 
ing now, Avill then be dead. Will Ave all be 
dead in Christ?— is the solemn question. I 
fear not; I Avish Ave might. 

Friendly reader, have you not a desire, in 
this new year, to cast away old things and 
become a new creature? Your earthly house 
is getting old; Ave know it is a perishable 
one, and built upon the sand. Our heavenly 
house is a neAv one, — imperishable — and < 
built upon the Bock. Will you not, then, 
move in with us? Above all things, come in 
at the dooi-. Do not, as the thieves and rob- 
bers, try to climb up some other Avay. Get 
ready by believing and repenting;, then be 
washed in the bath of regeneration, for with- ^ 
out this you are not fit to dAvell in siich a 
beautiful house as Jesus Christ has provid- 
ed. The apostle Paul said to his Ephesiau 
brethren, that "no unclean person hath any 
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God." Epli. 5: 5. James also said, "Lay 
apart all filthiness and superfluity of naught- 
iness." James 1: 21. 

"When Paul wrote to his GaJatiau brethren 
he said, " Ye are all children of God by faith 
in Christ Jesus, For as many of you as 
have been baptized into Christ, have put on 
Christ." Gal. 3: 26, 27. 

There is another beautiful thought in this 
last verse, and that is this, they had put on 
Christ. Oh! who would not wear such a 
beautiful garment? I would not exchange it 
for anything. No wonder that the prophet 
Isaiah said unto his people who had defiled 
themselves with sin : "Put on thy beautiful 
garments, O Jerusalem." 

The High-priest, iiuder the Old Law, had 
to be washed with water, before he was per- 
mitted to adorn himself with the priestly 
garment. He had to be anointed with oil, 
which signifies the reception of the Holy 
Spirit after baptism. 

We who have named that new name, let us 
watch, lest our garments become spotted 
by the world. Let us keep them clean and 
white, lest we be found wanting when the 
New Jerusalem shall come down from God, 
out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned 
for her husband, but that we may enter in, 
and walk upon its golden streets, and sing 
that new song of redeeming love, where sin 
never enters, nor years grow old. 

Albany, Orerjoji. 

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SET THINE HOUSE IN ORDER. 



, BY .T. J. HOOVER. 



" Set thine house in order, for thou slialt die and 
not live." Isa. 38:1. 

By the commandment of the Lord this lan- 
guage was made use of by the prophet Isaiah 
to King Hezekiah, who was sick unto 
death. Hezekiah was the twelfth king of 
Judah, and son of the apostate Ahas. He 
ascended the throne at the age of twenty-five, 
and was considered the most perfect ruler 
that ever reigned in the kingdom. He did 
that which was right in the sight of the 
Lord. In restoring the true worship of God, 
his first act was to purge, repair and re-open, 
with splendid sacrifices and perfect ceremo- 
nial, the Temple, which had been neglected 
during the careless and idolatrous reign of 
his father. 

Though he was the most perfect king that 
reigned in Judah, he was subject to sickness 
and death. After serving faithfully for 
fourteen years, he was taken sick, and it was 
told him to set his house in order, for he 
would die and not live. The exact nature of 
his sickness we do not know, but is supposed 
to have been a fever, terminating in abscess. 
After receiving the message that death was 
close at hand, he plead his own uprightness 
and holy conduct. Before Isaiah had gone 
out into the middle court, he was command- 
ed to return to Hezekiah and inform him 
that the Lord had heard his prayer and seen 
his tears, and that fifteen years would be 
added unto his life. This is the first and 
only man who ever was informed of the term 
of his life. 



The command, " Set thine house in order," 
is just as applicable to us as it was to Heze- 
kiah. We all have a house to set in order. 
" It is appointed unto man once to die and 
after that the judgment." By having our 
house set in order, we will be prepared for 
judgment. The house is put out of order by 
sin, and by continuing in sin the house is 
kept out of order. Sin is the transgression 
of the laAv, and all unrighteousness is sin. 
Whatsoever is not of faith is sin, and he that 
knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him 
it is sin. 

" Set thine house in order," is the com- 
mand. The Savior left the shining courts of 
heaven and came down to this unfriendly 
world, and prepared a way by which the 
house can be set in order. " Search the 
Scriptures, for in them ye think ye have eter- 
nal life and they ai'e they which testify of 
me." By searching the Scriptures we find 
the way. " I am the way, the truth and the 
life," says the Savior. By searching the 
Scriptures, believing them, and coming to 
Christ, we set our house in order. '"Come 
unto me and I will give you rest," says 
Christ. 

When the Savior extended the matchless 
invitation, he did not stop with the idea of 
becoming refreshed, but said, " Take my 
yoke upon you and learn of me." From this 
we learn that Ave need not go to the world to 
get wisdom, but go to Christ. " The wisdom 
of this world is foolishness with God." Christ 
is meek and lowly and has promised rest un- 
to our souls. 

That our spiritual house may be set in 
order, a birth is required. To be born again 
is one of the many points in religion, the 
Savior enforced while here upon earth. In 
conversation with Nicodemus, the Savior 
says, " Except a man be born again, he can 
not see the kingdom of God." Every man 
must haA'e two births, one from heaven, the 
other from earth; one of his body, the other 
of his soul. Without the first he can not see 
the world, without the last he can not see the 
kingdom of God. 

When, the house is once set in order, it 
must be kept in order. " Man liveth not by 
bread alone, but by every word that proceed- 
eth out of the mouth of God." Matt. 4; 4. In 
living by every word, the house is kept in 
order. Then there are graces which consti- 
tute the Christian character that are a means 
by which the house is kept in order. " Add 
to your faith, virtue; and to virtue, knowl- 
edge; and to knowledge, temperance; and to 
temperance, patience; and to patience, godli- 
ness; and to godliness, brotherly kindness; 
and to brotherly kindness, charity." 2 Pet. 
1: 5-7. These things being observed, the 
house Avill, undoubtedly, be kept in order. 
" If these things be in you and abound, they 
make you that ye shall neither be barren nor 
unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Je- 
sus Christ." 2 Pet. 1: 8. But whoever 
" lacketh these things, is blind and can not 
see afar off," and there is a certainty that 
this house is out of order. But by giving all 
diligence to make his calling and election 
sure, and doing these things, he shall never 



j fall, — the spiritual house will be set in or- 
der, and will never fall. There is no trouble 
about those that have set their house in or- 
der and keei3 it in order. There never was 
any trouble aboixt those that have kept their 
house in order, and there never will be, but 
if there be any trouble it will be Avith those 
that have failed to set their house in order, 
and to keep it in order. 



IS IT A PROPER MOVE ? 



BY WiAf. M. LYON. 



FrOxA[ the beginning I have been a firm 
friend to the good Avork of Bro. Quinlan's 
Bible-school in Baltimore. Its prosperity 
made me glad, but I have some fears in re- 
gard to the last Avork undertaken by him. I 
refer to his Avork in the penitentiary. The 
questions arising in my mind are: Would it 
not be better to try to convert more of those 
on the outside of prison-Avalls, before going 
within? Whenever Ave are ready to "shake 
the dust ofp our feet as a testimony against 
them," then we may see what we can do on 
the inside. Would penitentiary convicts be 
the best material Ave could get in the city of 
Baltimore from which to build God's church? 
Have Ave used all the material on the outside? 
AVhen we attempt to build up the cause in 
new places, if we are wise, Ave will try to get 
the very best material Ave can, to begin with. 
A soul truly converted to God, though found 
in a felon's cell, is worth just as much in the 
sight of the Lord as that of any other man 
or woman, but it would not be the most de- 
sirable for a nucleus. I mean all this in loA'e. 
I have given these thoughts, not to discour- 
age Bro. Quinlan in his good AA'ork referred 
to, but that we all might be on our guard and 
try to work to the best advantage. Man likes 
to Avork where it pays best financially, and 
Avould it not be best to do the same for the 
Lord ? 

Unioniowu, Mel, Jan. 19, 18S8. 



INGRATITUDE TO GOD. 



BY MARTHA CLICK. 



When we vieAv this Avorld from a natural 
stand-point, we see that Ave are surrounded 
Avitli every possible means for our jjleasure 
and enjoyment. It is Avonderful hoAv God 
has arranged eA'erythiug. He has diA'ided 
the people into tribes and nations, and sent 
us into different parts of the Avorld, to take 
care, partake of, and enjoy, the good things 
of this world. Where the soil and climate 
do not suit to raise wheat and corn for bread, 
he has caused the bread-fruit tree to grow; 
and where the water does not flow through 
the land as plentifully as it does here, he has 
substituted another tree Avhich supplies Ava- 
ter for the thirsty inhabitants. 

For all these and many more blessings, Ave 
too often forget to return our thanks to him 
who has bestoAved all this goodness upon us. 
God might have divided things differently. 
He might haA^e caused as much water to flow 
through one part of the land as another; or 
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as many TOp:etabios to grow in one phuo as 
auotlior. but this was not his divine Avill. He 
airange.l things in his own Avay and, behold, 
nil is very good. Wo shonld never forgot to 
remember that we are surrounded with more 
blessings, perhaps, than others. AYe are 
living in a land where we can serve God un- 
hindered, and where we can have the true 
Word for our guide. How many human be- 
ings there are that do not know of the great 
and Supreme Being that rules over us I I 
think sometimes if we Avere not so abun- 
dantly supplied, we would appreciate our 
lilessiugs more. The more blessings we re- 
ceive, the more careless we seem to grow. It 
should be the reverse: "In everything give 
thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ 
.Te.=;us concerning you." 1 Thess. 5. 

I believe we sometimes think that God 
will bless us whether we ask him or not. We 
should never forget to thank him for it. for 
he is still giving and will continue so to do. 
Dear brethren and sisters, may you all, with 
myself, learn to be more grateful to him who 
is the source of every blessing I Let us pray 
for one another! 



CHEIST THE SIN EEARER. 



BY .TOHX ror.XEY. 

A QUESTION is f.sked in Gospel Messen- 
GEr., Xo. 4;o, as follows: "When did Christ 
become the sin-bearer. — at the entering of his 
ministry or vvhen he esj^ired on the Cross?" 

1 for one will say, from what I learn in the 
Bible, I understand he was the sin-bearer 
from the fall of man down until he bore the 
sin of the world, in his own body on the tree, 
where he made an offering once for all. See 
iPet. 2:24:Heb. 9: 28. 

1. Christ became the sin-bearer in the mind 
of God, the Father, by promise. 

2. By types, shadows, and blood sacrifices. 
:;. By the word through the prophet. 

L In his incarnation. 

0. In the saciifice he made on the cross, of 
his body and blood. 

<x He seems to be r\ sin-boarer yet, as an 
advocate. 

1. In ihff mind of God. The first reason for 
the idea is this Scripture jmssage: "The 
lamb .slain from the foundation of the world." 
Itr-v. 18: S. "Who verily was foreordained 
before the foundation of the world, but was 
manifest in these last times for you." 1 Pet. 
1: 20. 

2 By l>jpf-S, shaflovjs and blood sacrijlc- 
es. Abel was the second son of Adam. He 
sacrificed the first lamb of the fiock of the 
sheep, of which the Bible gives us account, 
and tlio Lord accep>i.ed it as a well-meant of- 
fering. It is the fir.st type of the offering of 
the " Lamb of God, slain from the founda- 
tion of the world." Gen. 4: 4. Since that 
time all the blood sacrifices that were made 
by the people of God, in the different dispen- 
sations according to the will of God, in his 
Law, werf all types of Christ as the sin- 
bearer. All the blood of the prophets that 
was spilt, " from the blood of Abel, to the 
blood of Zachariae, whom they slow between 



the temple and the altar," were all suft'erings 
of Christ in the Word, and for the Word, 
which was made flesh. See John 1: 14. 
Aaron v> as a type, so were the two goats, — 
one was to be killed as a sin-offering; and 
ixjDon the other goat Aaron was to put all the 
iniquities and sins of the people, and send 
him away by the hand of a fit man into the ; 
wilderness. So we might point out Christ 
as the sin-bearer in many figures. 

3. Bi] ihe Word ihroiujh ihe Prophet. 
Is. 53: 4, describes him thus, " Sirrely he hath 
borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: 
yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of 
God, and atiiicted." The whole chapter is 
prophetic of Christ's doings, how the sin- 
bearer suffered, as though it was already 
done. Zechariah also foretells his life and 
sufferings as the sin-bearer. Isa. 13: 1-7. 
Because of these predictions that the holy 
prophets made, they w^ere persecuted, and 
some of them killed in his stead, because 
they pointed out this new^ king and his reign. 

4. In Itis Incarnaiion. Christ became sin- 
bearer " when he took upon him the form of a 
servant, and was made in the likeness of 
man." Philpp. 2: 7. Oh, how great was the 
suffering of sin, heaped on him in the death 
of the many little chil-dren that suffered mar- 
tyrdom, by the tyrannical king Herod, all be- 
cause the sin-bearer was now born into the 
world. Persecution is heaped upon him, that 
he must flee into Egypt. All this sin was ; 
heaped on him, and he bore it all meekly, [ 
without murmur. In this body he bore not 
not only the infirmities of the human family ; 
with their sins, " but he was in all points ] 
tempted as we are. yet without sin." Heb. 
4: 15. ' I 

The devil tempted Christ the sin-bearer i 
personally, as soon as he was baptized, and 1 
acknowledged by the Father to be his be- 
loved Sou. The scribes and elders, with the j 
Pharisees and Sadducees, and the chief j 
priests, all combined to heap upon him their 
ungodly insults and their scolfiugs, to tempt 
him and put sin and blasphemies on him. 
Well doth the apostle say, "For consider 
him that endnred such contradiction of sin- 
ners against himself." Heb. 12: 3. 

5. In his hodij on ihe cross. At this peri- 
od the sin of the world all seems to concen- 
trate and bear on that just body, already in 
the garden of Gethsemane. The pressure 
was so heavy, that he said, " My soul is ex- 
ceeding sorrovi'ful unto death, and, oh Father, 
if possible, remove this cup from me, but 
not my Avill, but thine be done." 

From here he bore them unto the High- 
priest's palace, then to the hall of judgment, 
where he had a third trial. Fiom here he 
bore our sin to Golgoiha, and condemned sin 
in the flesh, in this that he bore our sins in 
his own body on the tree. 

Here he is the perfection of all blood offer- 
ings, and sacrifices for sin, — the great anti- 
type of all the types and shadows, made in 
sacrifice for sin, under f(%ner laws. A great 
amount of Scripture could be produced to 
strengthen every subdivision I made in this 
subject, but I leave them for the reader to 
look UD. 



G. Christ a sin-hearer still. { a) As " our 
advocate Avith tlie Father, for he is a propiti- 
ation for our sins." 1 John 2: 1, 2. (?• ) He 
is also our High-priest, and can be touched 
with our infirmities, (c) Christ is still our 
sin-bearer in his body, " v/hich is the church 
of the living God, the pillar and ground of 
the truth." 1 Tim. 3: 15. 

My dear brother and sister, Christ is sin- 
bearer for you and me, ii' the wicked world 
persecutes and slanders ue, and casts out our 
names as evil-doers. Whatsoever is done -to 
the least of Christ's believing children is 
heaped on Christ himself. As Aaron, the 
High-priest, had to wear " the breastplate of 
judgment upon his heart when he Avent in be- 
fore the Lord, he Avas to bear the judgment 
of the children of Israel upon his heart, be- 
fore the Lord continually." Ex. 28:28-30. 
So Christ, our great High-priest, not only 
entered the holiest place of the tabernacle, 
but heaven itself, to appear before God, 
Avhere he bears the judgments and sins of 
shortcomings or weaknesses, upon his own 
heart, " and makes intercessions for us." 

Paul said to his HebreAV brethren, " If they 
shall fall away it is impossible to renew them 
again unto repentance, seeing they crucify to 
themselves the Son of God afresh, and put 
him to an open shame." Heb. (k 0. Though 
Christ may still be sin-bearer until he Avill 
conquer death, the last enemy, he Avill not 
make any more sacrifice for sin, but you and 
I, with all his cliildren, roust suffer in the 
flesh, for Jesus' sake; for he that suffers in 
the flesh, has ceased from sin. 

Abilene, Kan. 

COVETOUSSfESS. 

BY NOAH LONGANEOKEB. 



It is said, " Co\'etoixsness is a sin confessed 
by none." We are A'ery ready to judge oth- 
ers and accuse them of the sin, but to apply 
the same test to oitrseives is a, rarity. Henry 
says, "Sin is a brat that nobody Avill ov/n." 
Especially is this trae of the sin of coA'etous- 
ness. Our divine Master, syho kneAv Avhat 
was in the heart of man, said, "Take heed, 
and beware of covetousness." He declares 
that it is one of those sins Avhich come out of 
the heart of man and defile hiuj. Paul, in 
referring to covetousness, sayp, " Let it uo,t 
be once named among you, as becometh 
saints." Ho admonishes us to put away " cov- 
etousness Avhich is idolatry." The Lord ab- 
hors the covetouij. He has giA-eji " line up- 
on line, line irpon line, precept upon precept, 
precept upon precept, here a little and there 
a little," to Avarn us against the heinous sin. 
The tenth command in the Decalogue tlum- 
ders against it from Sinai. Whenever classed 
with other sins, it is always found among the 
most vile, enormou.s and heinous. The doom, 
or extreme punishment Avhich awaits the 
covetous, is everywhere in the Bible said to 
be of the most severe. Just as the Bible for- 
bids God's people to have company and eat 
with murderers, so of the covetous. They are 
to have no part or fellowship with God's peo- 
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know the exceeding sinfulness of this sin, 
God not Cfily gave Iiis divine precepts to de- 
nounce it, but literally destroyed those who 
were guilty ol it, as examples that others 
might fear, aud beware. 

Let us refer to a few of those examples. 
Pride, selfishness and covetousness, which 
Paul says is idolatry, no doubt preceded Sa- 
tan's downfall. His doom is certainly a hor- 
rible one. 

Eve looked at the forbidden fruit, then 
coveted it, which led her to partake of it. 
AVho can describe the misery that followed? 

Covetousness was the prevailing sin of Lot. 
When he beheld the well-watered Hud fertile 
plains of Jordan, he eagerly and immoder- 
ately desired them, and then pitched his tent 
toward Sodom, and finally got into it. He 
finally lost his wife, some of his family, and 
probably all of his riches. Had not Lot be- 
come sick of Sodom before it was too late, it, 
no doubt, v^'ould have been an entire ruin to 
him and his family. 

Aeiian said, " When I saw among the 
spoils a goodly Babylonish garment, and a 
wedge of gold, then I coveted them, and took j 
them." Who can meditate on the doom of ■ 
Achan and his company, Avithout feelings of , 
solemnity? , | 

Balaam had such an eager and inordinate 
desire for gain or reward, that he " taught \ 
Balak to cast a stumbling block before the [ 
children or Israel, to eat things sacrificed to | 
idols, and to commit fornication," so that j 
" there fell in one day three and twenty i 
thousand." , . 

Gehftzi, Ham an, and a host of other ex- 
amples under the Jewish dispensation 
might be noticed, to show the fearful results 
of covetousness, but let the aboA'e suffice. 

While the Law and its penalties were so 
severe against covetousness, how will the 
gospel dispensation meet the sin? Judas 
betrayed his Master "for thirty pieces of sil- 
ver." We all know his fearful doom. 

Seeing what covetousness has led men to 
do, we might here ask, What will it not lead 
them to do? No wonder that the precepts 
are so many and strung, aud the penalties so 
severe against the sin. Covetousness first 
cast a gloom over the Christian church, but 
the doom of Ananias and Sapphira speaks in 
strong terms against their sin. 

Although this example was a strong proof 
of the displeasure of God against the sin of 
covetousness, yet it soon led Simon to offer 
money to purchase the " gift of God," no 
doubt for gain, but in his case, as in others, 
God showed his divine displeasure of sin. 

Passing by the examples of individual per- 
sons, let us notice the general class of people. 
Of the Israelites it was said, " From the least 
of them even unto the greatest of them, ev- 
ery one is given to covetousness." No won- 
der that they turned the house of the Lord 
into a house of merchandise. 

Covetousness was not common among the 
Israelites alone; it was equally so among the 
Gentiles. At least Paul so declares. He 
gives covetousness as one of the sins \vhich 
will bring about the final apostasy that is 
predicted by him. No wonder that he calls 



it " idolatry." We find that covetousness fig- 
ured largely in the first fall of man, in the 
fall of the Jewish church, as it also will in 
the final apostasy. 

" Money answereth ail things." There is 
no wrong in desiring and laboring for mon- 
ey, or the world's goods, it our object in so 
doing is to use all as God directs; but if we 
so extremely love them, and so eagerly and 
inordinately desire them, that we will always 
labor to get as well as to keep, and never use 
them to honor God by doing good with them 
to our own bodies and souls, as well as to the 
bodies and souls of all men, we are simply 
idolaters. The manner of getting, as well 
as the manner of using, is plainly set forth 
in God's Word. The motive cause of getting 
as well as giving, should ever be guarded. 
The familiar examples of Dives and the 
"rich fool" are recorded as warnings in this 
direction. 

" Ye cannot serve God and Mammon," says 
our Savior. The educators in our most pop- 
ular schools tell us that the sciences which 
teach the art of making money are studied to 
the neglect of others that are more useful. 
This spirit of amassing riches is prevalent 
among all classes, and even the ministry is 
defiled with it. ~~ 

I heard a little boy remark some time ago, 
that when he would grow up he was going to 
be a minister of such a church, "for," said he, 
" then I will receive lots of money for my 
preaching." 

Christian benevolence should be encour- 
aged every-where. But the objectionable 
way of getting the means for benevolent pur- 
poses shows that the spirit of covetousness is 
fast creeping into the Christian chiirch. 
Where the hpirit oi Clirist dwells, there will 
be no calls for " church fairs and shows," etc., 
to raise means for benevolent purposes. The 
spirit of Christ is on this v/i6e:"Godso 
loved the world, that he gave his only begot- 
ten Son, that wliosoever believeth in him 
should not perish, but have everlasting life." 
•' He became poor, that v/e through his pov- 
erty might be rich." It cost his all to 
prepare the means for the salvation of the 
world. He placed those means in the hands 
of his church, and commanded her to convey 
them to all nations, that all might be saved. 

The apostolic church consecrated her all 
to carry out his trust. Thousands were 
converted. The gospel was fast spreading 
over all the world. But while Judas, Anani- 
as, Sapphira, Simon Magus, Demas, etc., 
have died long ago, their spirits, — which are 
legion, — have entered into other hearts to 
that extent that Cyprian, a fev/ centuries aft- 
erwards, said, in speaking of the Christian 
church, " Each one studies how to increase 
his patrimony; and forgetting what the 
faithful did in apostolic times, or Avhat they 
ought always to do, their great passion is an 
insatiable desire of enlarging their fortunes. 

O, hovv selfish! They acted as if salvation 
were only for themselver. But how is it now? 
Is the spirit of selfishness taking hold ci the 
Christian church to such an extent that "' all 
seek their own, and not the things which are 
JeBus Christ's"? 



Clarke remarks on the " tenth " command 
of the Decalogue, which prohibits covetous- 
ness, as follows: "This is a most excellent 
moral precept; the observance of which will 
prevent all public crimes: for he Avho feels 
the force of the law, that prohibits the inor- 
dinate desire of anything that is the proper- 
ty of another, can never make a breach in 
the peace of society, by an act of wrong to 
any of even its feeblest members." We are 
not going to set ourself up as a judge and 
say to any one, " Thou art the man." In our 
more than a score of years in the ministry, 
we have never even tried to preach a sermon 
on covetousness, and we never have heard a 
sermon preached on the sin. But little is 
Avritten on the abominable idolatry. In all 
the labors of our local, District and General 
Councils, seldom is the key-note of warning 
given to jjrovoke to love and good v/oiks in 
this line. 

Since the Bible says so much, should not 
we say more than we do? "No man can 
serve two masters. Ye can not serve God 
and Mammon." We must get rid of the idol 
" Mammon," and forsake covetousness, our 
idolatry, before we can serve the true God. 
This is a work that each one must do for 
himself, for it is a heart work. For this Ave 
all need the assistance of the Holy Spirit. 

" From vanity turn off my eyes; 
Let no corrupt design, 
Nor covetous desires arise, 
Within thi-^ soul of mine." 

Da\ad got into a horrible pit; a pit vv'here- 
in Avas miry clay. When we enquire into 
the cause we will find that covetousness was 
the net of Satan, by Avhich he was ensnared 
and drawn in. When once in the pit, every 
effort he made to extricate himself but sunk 
him the deeper in the mire of sin. When 
his deception failed to hide the sin of adul- 
tery, he tried to murder. Next, through an 
act of deception to hide his crime, he took 
Uriah's Avife. But all of no avail. Not un- 
til he confessed, "I have sinned," and cried 
unto the Lord for help, was he delivered. Let 
the reader read and ponder Psalms -10 and 
51. Seeing ourselves before God jirst as we 
are, confessing all our sins to him, and call= 
ing on him for mercy, for help, for pardon, 
and for purification, — will make us men after 
God's OAvn heart. 

MORAL COURAGE, 



When John Knox lay in his coffin, Morton, 
the Kegent of Scotland, said of him, "He 
neA^er feared the face of man," A coward 
can not represent God in this Avorld. Intrep- 
id courage is indispensable to the ministry, 
— a courage unabashed b}' numbers, wealth 
or influence. A courage Av'hicli scorns to 
think of being popular, Avdiich cares nothing 
for representation. A courage to speak plain, 
a coura.ge to be personal, a courage to rebuke, 
a courage to be true to God. Paul seemed 
to have but one fear; he feared to be a coav- 
ard. He Avaa constantly praying for courage. 
Cowards Avili not fight; cowards surrender the 
citadels of truth. 



Covered sins Avill one day expose to shame, 



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THE OOSPKL MBSSKNGRR 



Feb. 7, 1888. 



MISSION WORK AGAIN. 



BY ELI lULE. 



The success of mission work depends 
largely on proj^er training. If the heart has 
undergone a gospel change, there will be gos- 
pel fruit. AVheu a man stood before Paul 
and said. '• Come over and help us," he went. 
There was nothing to hinder him. The 
brethren i'l Paul's day were moved by the 
Holy Spirit. Paul had told them the differ- 
ence between the children of God and the 
children of this world. 

If a brother and sister can not give as the 
Lord prospers them, willingly and cheerful- 
ly, they have not the right spirit. Paul says, 
" It is WTittea in the law. Thou shalt not 
muzzle the ox when he treadeth out the 
corn." The brethren in Paul's day kept this 
command, and were ready a year ahead. 
Remember, " He that sows sparingly shall 
reap sparingly." If you sow nothing, you 
shall reap accordiugl}-. 

The church is built on the foundation of 
the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ be- 
ing the Chief Corner-stone. All the live 
members make up the church, and are known 
by a godly walk and a chaste conversation. 
All are of one mind, having the mind of 
Christ, hence there is unity, — no discrimina- 
tion, but all seeking the welfare of others, 
willing to spend and be spent for the salva- 
tion of mankind. They will hear the many 
calls, " Come and preach for us." 

Brethren, read what the brethren of Mac- 
edonia did for the ministry, and you will see 
the duty of the church. " The Lord loveth 
a cheerful giver." Brethren and sisters, 
"Be not deceived; God is not mocked; what- 
soever a man soweth, that shall he also reap." 
" To be carnally minded is death." " AVho- 
soever hath this world's goods and seeth his 
brother have need, and shutteth up his 
bowels of compassion from him, how dwell- 
eth the love of God in him? ' 

Washinrjton, Kan. 

EXPERIENCE AND OBSERVATION. 



BY B. r. MOO.MAW. 



It is an old adage, handed down from re- 
mote antiquity, that expierience is the best 
school-master. We may study lessons of 
either as long as we live, but without ijrac- 
tical experience we are not likely to arrive at 
anything like proficiency in tinderstandiug, 
much less in administering rules of govern- 
ment to the best advantage. 

In our late committee work in the East, I 
saw and felt the importance of a suitable 
preptaration for such work, to enable us to 
meet the varied issues that we have to en- 
counter. Of this we had impressive lessons 
while with the churches in the East, and 
while acting as chairman of a committee of 
eleven brethren, in the Second District of 
Virginia, where there were very important 
issues involved. I, therefore, while this 
matter is fresh before my mind, propose to 
give to the Brotherhood the benefit of my 
experience and rny conclusions arrived at 
in consequence, 



1 think that 1 see the necessity of begin- 
ning right, and working right, that it will 
end right, and accomplish good to the breth- 
ren and sisters and the church, and that 
God's name be glorified. 

1. Should a member, or members, propose 
to bring a charge or complaint of any kind 
before the church, the District, or Annual 
Meeting, let them be careful to proceed 
strictly according to rules laid down by An- 
nual Meeting. (See Minutes of Annual 
Meeting on this point.) Make tlie charge 
clear and distinct, and write it on paper with 
pen and ink, without any evasion or ambi- 
guity. Give the defendant a copy of said 
writing in ample time to prepare for a fair 
investigation, no matter whether it be an in- 
dividual, chui'ch or District. Let this paper 
go before the council intended, properly au- 
thenticated, with suitable explanations, and 
see that proper action is taken in the case. 
If a committee is called for and granted, let 
the appointment go forth with the complaint, 
signed by the Foreman and Clerk of the 
meeting, whether local church. District, or 
Annual Meeting. Thus equipped, the com- 
mittee can go foith without any embarrass- 
ment or intimidation by questions of author- 
ity, or being challenged as to the legality of 
their appointment by those Avho do not want 
to be investigated with reference to their 
loyalty to the rules of church government, as 
decided by the councils of our General 
Brotherhood. 

2. The committee being organized, the case 
is submitted to the church, as to its being 
received. If accepted, it is now ready for 
business; if not accepted by the whole, or 
even a majority, it may, if it elect to do 
so, work Avith the minority, and, perhaps, 
it Avould be its duty to do so. Their creden- 
tials being presented, as above stated, with 
the representatives present, the committee is 
now fully prepared to proceed with the bus- 
iness. 

3. Let the chairman deliver a short ad- 
dress, by way of instructing the members up- 
on the rules that must govern the meeting. 
Let this be done in as brief, plain and con- 
cise a manner as possible, but also respect- 
fully and kindly. I suggest the following 
instructions: 

(a) That witnesses tell what they know of 
their own actual knowledge, in a brief, plain 
and concise manner, so as to avoid the neces- 
sity of a repetition. 

{b) That they do it faithfully and impar- 
tially as before God, and not unto men. 

(r) That they stick to the point in ques- 
tion, carefully avoiding all outside issues, 
and that they do not say anything about 
what they think, or what they believe, or 
what they have heard others sa^-. 

It is decidedly of advantage to refresh the 
memory of each witness on these points, 
when taking tlie stand. Of course, it will be 
the duty of the witnesses to answer all per- 
tinent questions to the best of their knowl- 
edge. As to the pertinency of questions, the 
chairman will decide. 

4. When a question iB asked, no (jthcr 
question should be asked, or allowed to be 



asked, until the first is fully disposed of. 
AVheu any issue is made, let no one interfere 
until that is out of the way; and in no case 
should more than one bo allowed to speak at 
a time. 

5. No one should be allowed to prompt a 
witness, when on the stand, nor in any Avay 
undertake to make testimony for another. 

6. AVhen there are a number of cases to be 
attended to, they should be taken up in reg- 
i;lar order, and all effort concentrated on the 
point in question until it is disposed of, and 
so on through the docket. It will occasion- 
ally be necessary, from time to time, to call 
attention to the above rules, so that the 
speakers are kept to the point, otherwise 
there will be confusion, and hours wasted 
with nothing accomplished, and business so 
complicated as to unfit the mind for a judi- 
cious solution of the question under consid- 
eration. 

In the management of the meeting in the 
Second District of Virginia, alluded to above, 
the above rules were adopted. In this meet- 
ing very sacred, important and vital issues 
were involved, all of which Avere investigated 
and adjusted, and accei)ted by the entire 
congregation of members present. The 
Avork occupied about five or sis hours. 
Brethren of experience afterwards said that, 
but for the methods adopted, it would have 
taken double the time. 

THE LOVE OF THIS WORLD. 



BY .J. E. YOUNG. 

'' Wlioever therefore desires to be a friend of the 
world makes himself an enemy of God." — James 4: 4. 
(B. I-. Vcr.) 

Man's desires are changeable. What he 
once desired he may detest in after years, 
and, by repenting of all wrong desires, and 
asking God's forgiveness Avith pure motives 
and sincerity, he may be freed from all guilt. 
From the teachings of Jesus, in Matt. 5: 28, 
Ave learn that a desire, with intentions to 
gratify it, is sinful as Avell as the overt act. 
The above text is a most solemn declaration, 
and one of fearful import in its bearing on 
many who are members of the church. It 
settles the point that any one, no matter 
what his profession, Avho is characteristical- 
ly a friend of the Avorld, can not be a true 
Christian. In regard to the meaning of this 
important verse, then, it may be remarked: 

1. There is a sense in which the love of 
this Avorld, or of the physical universe, is not 
Avroug. That kind of love for it, as the Avork 
of God, Avhich perceives the evidence of his 
Avisdom, goodness and power, in the various 
objects of beauty, is not evil. The Avorld, as 
such — the physical structure of the earth — 
of the mountains, forests, flowers, seas, lakes 
and A'alleys, is full of illustrations of the di- 
vine character, and it can not be Avrong to 
contemplate those things Avith interest. 

2. AVhen that Avorld, hoAvever, becomes our 
portion ; Avhen we study it only as a matter 
of science, without " looking through nature 
up to nature's God;" when Ave seek the Avealth 
Avhich it has to confer, or endeavor to ap- 



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propriate as our supreme portion its lauds, 
its minerals, its fruits; when we are satisfied 
with what it yields; when in the possession 
or pursuit of these things our thoughts nev- 
er rise to God; and when we partake of the 
spirit which rules in the hearts of those who 
avowedly seek this Avorld as their portion, 
then the love of the world becomes evil, and 
comes in direct conflict Avith the spirit of 
true religion. 

3. The statement in this verse is, thei-e- 
fore, one of most fearful import for many 
professors of religion. There are many in 
the clnirch who, so far as human judgment 
can go, are characteristically lovers of the 
world. This is shown («) by their conform- 
ity to it in all by which the world is distin- 
guished from the church as such; (6) in 
their seeking the friendship of the world, or 
their finding their friends there rather than 
among Christians; (c) in preferring the 
amusements of the world to the scenes where 
spiritually-minded Christians find their chief 
happiness; (d) in pursuing the same pleas- 
ures as the people of the world do, with the 
same expense, the same extravagance, the 
same luxury; (e) in making their worldly 
interests the great object of living, and ev- 
erything else subordinate to that. This 
spirit exists in all cases where no worldly 
interest is sacrificed for religion; where ev- 
erything that religion peculiarly requires is 
sacrificed for the world. If this be so, then 
there are many professiug Christians who 
are the " enemies of God." 

Beatrice, Nebr. 



PREDESTINATION.-No. 2. 



BY B. C. MOOMAW. 



There are also strong Scriptural reasons 
why the Calvinistic dogma of arbitrary elec- 
tion can not be tha truth. Life and death 
are set before every man. If it rs impossi- 
ble for some to receive life, why is it set be- 
fore them but to mock them? If it is im- 
possible for others to receive death, why 
should it be set before them but to torment 
them with unreasonable doubts and fears? 
God does not deal with his creatures in this 
way. He ofPers tb^ waters of life freely to 
" whosoever will " take them. He sendeth 
his invitations, and his gospel, one time or 
another, in life or beyond it, to " every creat- 
ure." It is not his will that any should per- 
ish, but that all men should come to the 
knowledge of the truth and live, and to this 
end he has given to us the light " which 
lighteth every man that cometh into the 
world." " As in Adam aZZ die, so in Christ 
all are made alive." " For as by one man's 
disobedience many were made sinners, so by 
the obedience of one shall many be made 
righteous." "Therefore as by the oft'ense of 
one, judgment came upon all men to con- 
demnation, even so by the righteousness of 
one the free gift came upon all men unto 
justification of life." "For where sin 
abounded, grace did much more abounds." 

Now these Scriptures teach one of two 
things, either universal salvation, or the uni- 
versal opportuniiy of salvation. We do not 



think that they teach universal salvation, be- 
cause in a great many cases it would be an 
unconditional salvation, or a salvation not 
from sin, but in sin, which is a worse doc- 
trine than arbitrary election. They there- 
fore teach that all men have the opportunity 
of salvation. As far as devastating sin has 
gone, so far mercy flies, until every fallen 
son and daughter of Adam receives the ofi'er 
of her aid. Let us stand, for a moment, in 
the presence of this solemn thought, that be- 
fore every one of us stands open the door of 
eternal life, and we are invited to enter. 
" Now," says the mysterious voice. 

Time, and the wilderness of sin, and the 
outer darkness of doom are behind us. 
Around our feet are the glittering, worth- 
less toys of this world. Over our heads is 
the lightning of the law, and in our ears re- 
sounds its awful thunder. In the back- 
ground Death approaches, and hell follows 
after him. Through the open door shines 
the glory of the celestial Avorld. It is our 
one chance to flee from the wrath to come, 
and to enter into life. An angel beckons us. 
A crown and a kingdom await us; but we are 
not constrained to enter. Only those who 
have respect unto the recompense of the re- 
ward, shall receive it. Those who prefer 
the husks of sin, are left to perish with the 
swine. 

But it may be objected that the opportuni- 
ty does not come to every man, — that there 
are, and have been, millions of human be- 
ings who never heard of the gospel of salva- 
tion. To this we reply that the Scriptures 
teach far otherwise. Those passages we 
have quoted Expressly teach, as already 
shown, that the opportunity of salvation is 
universal, and that no man has ever come 
or ever will come into the world Avho shall 
not share with others the blessings of a 
preached gospel. This may seem to be a 
strange position in the light of well-known 
historical facts. I do not say that all have 
heard the gospel in tliis world. The antedi- 
luvian millions had Noah's preaching, but 
he was only a preacher of the moral law, and 
a prophet of the deluge. He did not preach 
the gospel of mercy, and atonement, and 
pardon. He did not preach the righteous- 
ness of God which is by Jesus Christ unto 
all and upon all them that believe. Long 
after they had perished beneath the mighty 
billows of the flood, and their stained spirits 
were shut up in some prison world, Christ 
himself came and preached to them that 
they might be judged according to men in 
the flesh, and live according to God in the 
spirit. "For this cause was the gospel 
preached also to them that are dead." 1 Pet. 
4:6. 

Though learned theologians ignore this 
remarkable revelation, it is absolutely cer- 
tain that all who have not received the offer 
of life and salvation by Jesus Christ in this 
world, receive it in the next, perhaps in the 
same prison world which shut in the ante- 
diluvian rebels, so that being without excuse 
they may be judged according to men in the 
flesh, that is, with the same judgment as 
those Avho are ofiered the gospel while yet iu 



I the flesh. Else how could Christ be the 
light "Avhich lighteth every man that 
came into the world;" or how could his grace 
" abound unto all men/ " I know there is a 
great outcry against the doctrine of future 
probation, but it arises from the natural dis- 
position to substitute dogma for truth. Why 
should we hesitate to accept any part of 
God's revelation? Calvinism makes God a 
monster, but the Scriptures reveal him as in- 

; finite in mercy and love as well as in justice, 
abounding toward all men in wisdom and 
prudence. Nature indeed reveals God's law 
unto the heathen, who are a law unto them- 
selves, their thoughts the meanwhile excus- 
ing or accusing one another. Also in the 
book of nature spread out before them and 
above them they could behold the eternal 

' power and Godhead of Jehovah. But nat- 
ure gave to them no hint of the gosx^el. In 
her light they might live and die condemned, 
but there was no power in her to pardon and 
regenerate them. Only the gospel could do 
this," and nothing but a direct revelation 
could communicate to them that gospel. 
Our Savior said, " The words Avhicli I speak 
shall judge ever^' man at the last day." It 
is, then, but simple justice that somehow or 
other these words should come to every man. 
Yea, it is an absokite necessity that every 
man should hear them, — should have the op- 
portunity of receiving or rejecting them, 
else they could not become the law of his 
final judgment. 

Those who receive that opportunity iu this 
life can not hope to have it in the life to 
come. The erown of eternal glory, once of- 
fered, and Avilfully, deliberately rejected, 
passes forever from the reach of that soul. 
Only those who in this life saw not the vis- 
ion of the Christ shall hereafter be vouch- 
safed that special and astonishing dispensa- 
tion of grace. "Now is the day of salva- 
tion," noiv is the acceptable time to all who 
"hear his voice." Let them not harden 
their hearts. 

All history and all revelation shows that 
God will assuredly punish the finally impen- 
itent and incorrigible sinner. He flung the 
mighty deluge over the wide world, and bur- 
ied the wicked nations beneath its billows. 
He kindled a bonfire of Sodom and Gomor- 
rah. He hurled the proud Egyptian into 
the depths of the sea. He blasted the fami- 
lies of Canaan, and blotted out the remem- 
brance of them from under heaven. He has 
swept with the bosom of destruction the 
mightiest empires of time. He kindled hell, 
and fans its terrible fires Avith eternal tem- 
pests. All along down the ages dread Sina- 
ic thunders have uttered in aAvful tones 
God's purpose to punish the wicked, and ev- 
en noAv those thunders resound above the 
sinner, and threaten to burst upon his head 
with awful ruin. Dreadful has been the 
wrath of God in the past, but we forget all 
its horrors Avhen we contemplate " the wrath 
to come." No creature of his, endowed Avith 
boundless capacities for suffering, shall be 
given over to that Avrath Avithout a full and 
fair opportunity to flee from it, and find rcf. 
uge iu the Eock of Ages. 



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^i^^Stnatr Bkethkex M. M. Eshelmax and F. H. 

•«J * Bradley have beeu lioliliug some very inter- 

Pui^;ishoa Weekly In- ihe BrcUucivs Publishing Co., ; esting meetings at McPlierson, Kans. At 

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JAMES QuiNTEii. Editor, baptism. This is the first series of meetings 

otiico Editor, ever held in McPherson, and though the doc- 
trine of the Brethren is new to many, the at- 
tention and interest are commendable. 



1 . MILLEU. 

JOSEPH AAllCK, 
Huiiness Jlanagor of TSestern House, !ilt. Morrie, 111. 



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Feb. 7, 1888. 



One was received in the "Waddam's Grove 
church, III., bj" baptism, on Sunday, Jan. 29. 



The address of D. C. Campbell is changed 
from Monmouth, Cra-wford Co., Kans.. to 
Colfax, Montgomery Co., Ind. 



Eld. D. S. Clapper is laboring in the 
Hoover churcli, Pa., and expects to continue 
his meetings for some time. The attendance 
is very good. 

From the Coon Eiver church, Iowa, Bro. 
J. D. Haughtelin writes: "Eld. M. Sisler, of 
Dallas Center, aud Bro. S. Badger, of Pan- 
ther Creek, are with us, and are no-w holding 
a few meetings v.-ith growing interest.'' 



Bro. W. K. England writes from Ashland 
church, O., u-ider date of Jan. 28, "We are 
in the midst of a glorious revival. Nine 
came out ov. the side of the Lord last night, 
Bro. J. H. Mohler is doing the work, and -^ve 
hope the Lord Avill bless the labor of his 
hands.'' 

Wz are glad to note that, at latest advices, 
Bro. D. L. Miller reports an improvement in 
his eyesight. Whether the recovery will be 
permanent, can, of course, not be known to a 
certainty until he resumes his editorial la- 
bors. We hope he will return, 'with renewed 
vigor, to the ■■.vork in which 'le is so much 

needed! 

• 

Bro. S. X. McCann has closed his labors 
at the Bound Hill church, Washington Co., 
Ark. Though there "was much opposition, 
yet the interest Avas good, and eleven souls 
were added to the kingdom. Bro. M^Cana 
is now with Bro. J. E. Gish at Stuttgart, 
Ark., helping to hold tip the banner of King 
Emmanuel. 

A LACiv of room in the Correspondence 
Department often compels us to abridge the 
contributions some'what, in order to find 
room for all. In doing so we always aim to 
retain all that is of importance, leaving out 
only such matter as is of no interest to the 
general reader. We hope our correspondents 
AVill recognize the necessity of the above, 
and bear with us v/hen their articles do not 
appear in full. 



Bro. S. Z. Sharp returned to McPherson, 
Kans., Wednesday, Feb. 1. He has been la- 
boring hard to get out the first number of 
The School, Fireside and Farm, which is now 
ready to send out. While with us, Bro. 
Sharp i^reached several very acceptable ser- 
mons. We hope the nev.' paper, filled as it is 
with matter instructive as well as entertain- 
ing, will meet with the success that its mer- 
its would seem to indicate. 



While Bro. D. L. Miller has been enjoy- 
ing the balmy breezes and sunny skies of the 
" Golden State," we that are living in the 
snow-bound North have experienced the va- 
rious changes of the winter season. With 
the thermometer as low as 26 degrees below 
zero, we sometimes Avish for a climate less 
rigorous. But, then, God has made every- 
thing just right, and while Ave may not find 
all things here beloAV as Ave v/ould like 
them, all Avill be Aveil over yonder, in that 
land of never-ending bliss. 



Joyful news reaches us from Pleasant 
Valley, Washington Co., Tenn. Bro. F. W. 
Dove Avrites: " We have just closed a good 
meeting. Notwithstanding the inclemency 
of the Aveather, we had a good attendance, 
and the interest was all i\\s^ could be de- 
sired. Twenty- three souls boldly stepped 
out on the Lord's side, and one brother, who 
had strayed away, found peace again by re- 
turning to the people of God. Those bap- 
tized ranged from thirteen to seventy-three 
years of age." _______^__ 

EDITORIAL COREESPONDENCE. 



Oaks, Montgomery Co., Pa., \ 
January 23, 1888. \ 

Dear Gospel Messenger : — 

We are on a visit, at this time, to what 
is called the Green Tree church. There is a 
protracted meeting in progress in this church 
at this time, and Ave are trying to preach 
some to the Brethren and to the people of 
this community. We came here on the 19tli 
inst. AVe are having good congregations and 
pleasant meetings. 

We are making our temporary home Avith 
Bro. J. T. Myers, our son-in-law. We are 
occupying a room on the east side of the 
house, and as we are Avriting, Ave arc sitting 
before a A\andow Avhich opens to the east, and 
Avhich gives us a A'iew to several places which 
are of considerable historical significance to 
us in regard to this church and our former 
connection Avith it. In looking across the 
fields we see the buildings on the farm Avhieh 
Avas the home of Bro. Umstad, who will be 
remembered by many of the readers of the 
Messenger. In the barn we see on this farm, 



was held the first communion meeting ever 
held in this community by the Brethren. 
The barn Avas new, and it Avas the most suit- 
able place that was offered for holding such 
a meeting. This AA'as in the year 1835, or 
about that time. There were but a feAv mem- 
bers of the church of the Brethren in the 
neighborhood. Bro. John Price and sister 
Sarah Bite)', Avho afterwards took the name 
of Sarah Major, having married Bro. Thom- 
as Major, did the preaching for us. The 
members living in this community at that 
time, had their membership in the Coventry 
church, the churcli in Avhich John Price 
lived. We were baj)tized in that church. It 
Avas about fifteen miles from this place. 

About the time the meeting alluded to 
above Avas held in Bro. Umstad's barn, the 
project of building a union meeting-house in 
Lumberville, noAV called Port Providence, 
was started, and the house was built. The 
first story Avas furnished for a meeting-house, 
and the second for a school-house. In this 
house Ave taught school about seven years. 
The meeting-house Avas not large, but we 
held our communion meetings in it for a 
number of years. Our ordinary meetings 
were also held in it, and different denomina- 
tions held meetings in it. The Methodists 
had a church in L amber A'ille. Father Groov- 
er, an old Methodist minister of considerable 
notoriety, because of his peculiarities, was on 
this circuit one year. He frequently stopped 
and put up at Bro. Fitzwater's. Tliis Avas a 
kind of Christian hotel for preachers, and 
for others as Avell. Wo lived then in Bro. 
Fitzwater's family, and we remember father 
GrooA'er very well. He had a traveling com- 
panion who was called father AVoolsey, as he, 
too, Avas an old man. W^e kncAv him because 
he, too, stopped at Bro. Fitzwater's. But we 
remember him from another circumstance. 
At the time to which Ave are alluding, there 
was much religious interest in this commun- 
ity, and extending to Phrenixville, and doAvn 
to the Great Valley in Chester county. This 
interest prevailed in different denominations, 
and denominational differences in doctrine 
were discussed from the pulpit, as Avell as in 
the social circle, and, as might be expected, 
baptism received a good share of attention. 
The Brethren baptized some in Lumberville, 
and about that time the Baptist church at 
Phoenixville was organized, and a considera- 
ble number of persons were received into it. 
As the Baptists and Brethren immersed 
thohe that were received into membership by 
them, and as they defended immersion as the 
action of baptism, immersion found advo- 
cates among those Avho united Avitli Pedobap- 
tist denominations. The Methodists had a 
revival in Phoenixville, and some of their 
converts Avanted to bo immersed. Father 
Wookcy preached on baptism. It Vt^as very 
evident from his sermon that he did not want 
any of his converts to go into the water, be- 
cause he did not want to go into it himself. 



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But lie dill not convince all that designed i 
joining his church that sprinkling was bap- 
tism, and soiiie insisted upon being immersed. 
He took his candidates to the Schuylkill Riv- 
(ji', and after sprinkliiig some, he took those j 
that insisted upon being immersed, into the 
river and immersed them. The spirit father 
Woolsey manifested, and the unnecessary 
power that he applied t(). those that he put 
under the water, showed very plainly to the 
spectators, aud it wa« so understood by some 
of tliem, that he was, by no means, in the 
happiest frame of mind. 

Some years after the meeting-house was 
built in Lumberville, the congregation so in- 
creased that a larger house became necessa- 
ry, aud then the meeting-house at the Green 
Tree was built. This house ^ was built on 
Bro. Umstad's farm. There was a large, green 
tree standiug near by and the meeting-house 
was called the Green Tree meeling-liouse, and 
tlje church is now called the Green Tree 
church. We do not know in what year the 
Green Tree meeting-house was built, as we 
had gone away from this community, but it 
was built many years ago, for it needed re- 
pairing, and the Brethren rebuilt it last sum- 
mer. It is now a very good and convenient 
house for worship. 

When this church was organized, Bio. J. 
H. Umstad, Bro. A. Fiizwatcr, and Bro. I. 
Price were ihe throe pillars of the church as 
legfirds Imnniu agency. They were all men 
<)t inliueiice in ilie community. After they 
became convejted they took a very active, 
purt in the sei-vicG of the Lord, and they did 
much good*" Bro. J. H. Umstad and Bro. 1. 
^ Price wei'e called to minister to the church ' 
^'hen it was organized. Bro. Price, with 
^reat reluctance, accepted the otljce of the 
ministry. Though he was an active member 
of the church, and often felt like talking and 
exhorting, he did not feel that it was his du- 
ty to serve as a regular minister. He, how- 
ever, felt differently afterwards, though he 
never did niuch in administering the ordi- 
nances, jind, especially, in baptizing. Bro. 
Fitzwatej-, much to the regret of all who \ 
knew him, died early in his Christian life. 
But he was an humble aud faithful Christian j 
brother, and did much good, though his 
Christian life vvTib short. 

AVo can with propriety say, and Vi'e say it ! 
to the honor and praise of God, of the Lum- [ 
berville church, as was said of the success of | 
the gospel in apostolic times, " The word of { 
God grew and multiplied." Acts 12: 24. The 
Lumberville church grev/ and multiplied. It 
had a very good reputation for spirituality 
activity and faithfulness. We believe that it 
was here that prayer-meetings and protract- 
ed meetings commenced in our Brotherhood. 
The old Brethren that used to visit us, 
though oiir organization was young, and our 
church ufade up principally of v^hat might 
be calleii young members, enjoyed them- 
selves v^y well v/lien among us. 



The house we are now in, is on the farm 
occupied, at the time this church started, by 
Bro. S. Supplee. He and his wife were 
among the most active and spiritual members 
of the cliurclL They moved to Philadelphia 
and both died there. Sister Supplee died 
but a few years ago. But a few hundred 
yards from the house in which Ave are writ- 
ing, stand the buildings cm the farm pur- 
chased by Bro. George Price, at an early 
date in the Jdstory of this church. He was 
one of the early and active members of this 
church; but he was a member of the church 
when he came here. He was luce called to 
the ministry, but he never preached. He 
was an active and useful member. He had 
an amiable, excellent wife. They both died 
in this community within the last iew years. 
It was their lot to experience much domestic 
atiliction, and affliction of the most painful 
kind. Several of their children, though very 
bright in their early years, became mentally 
diseased, and a promising son was killed in 
the war. 

In the house of Bro. George Price, which 
we can see from the window of our room, 
was held the church council-meeting in which 
we were called to the ministry. This was 
about fifty years ago. We had impressions 
soon after our conversion that it v/ould be- 
come, at some time, our duty to preach, but 
we felt like submitting the time jiltogether 
to the Lord. Our ])ra}er-meetings that we 
field in the beginning of the church here, af- 
forded us very good opportunities for exer- 
cising our gifis. While those meetings were 
excellent promoters of our spiritual life, they 
were good schools for our imp.rovement in 
many ways, in these meetings we exercised 
somewhat freely, as did the brethren and sis- 
ters generally. We wore asked ;it times, bj' 
the ministering brethren, to assist some in 
the more public services. 

When we look back upon the many years 
of our ministry, we do it with the comming- 
ling of very different feelings. We trust 
that our heavenly Father, when looking into 
our heart, sees some feelings of love and 
gratitude to him for the gift of his grace 
which we have so loh-g, and at times, so much 
enjoyed. When we think of our ignorance 
and weakness, and see so clearly the hand of 
the Lord in our life aud experieiice in guid- 
ing and sustaining us, Ave think we can say- 
as did Peter, " Thou knowest that I love 
thee." When Ave look upon our labor, Ave 
humbly trust that Avhat Ave have done, is not 
all " wood, hay and stubble," but that there 
will lr&. a little of "gold, silver, and precious 
stones," t)jat Avill stand the fire, we again 
thank God, and are encouraged. But then 
we have painful regrets, in thinking that our 
many opportunities for usefulness Avere not 
better improved, and that we Avere not better 
qualified by a higher mental and. spiritual 
culture, to honor the holy office of the Chris- 
tian ministry. Surely, Avhen the "treasure" 



of the gospel Avas committed to us as a min- 
ister, it Avas committed to an " earthen ves- 
sel," and if any good has been clone, it has 
been done by the power "of God, not of us." 
2 Cor. 4: 7. 

But feAv of the generation are now living 
here that Avere living in the early times of 
this church. We meet Avitli but fcAv we Avor- 
shiped with when Ave had our spiritual home 
here. Nevertheless, others have arisen to 
fill the ranks left vacant by the departed, 
and to-day the Green Tree church is as large, 
and perhaps larger, tljan it lip.s ever been, 
and a considerable portion of its members is 
young. Our prayer is, that its members 
may all be so consecrated to God that they 
may be an honor to the church and a bless- 
ing to the world. 

Bro. .). T. Myers aud Bro. Jacob Gotwalls 
are the ministers in the church at this time. 
They are active 'oiethren in their holy call- 
ing. With our own children here, and Avith 
our heavenly Father's children, Ave are enjoy- 
ing a very pleasant season of Christian fel- 
loAvship, and Ave are trying to make it mutu- 
ally profitable. J. Q. 

aUERIST'S DEPARTMENT. 

Dear Untlifcn: — 

Will some one cxplriin through the Gom'I.l 
JiIf.ssexoer, Matt. 5: 33-3S, and James 5: 12, and the 
word, adirm.' I would like to get the explanation of 
t!ie -ivord allirni, and where it is found. I lra\e bet n 
asked about this and I desire to ha\e it explained, and 
wliere the word affii-m can be found. I cinild only re- 
fer to the above nan-^ed cliapter, and that does not e\- 
acilv explain as I Aveuld like to have it. As it is twen- 
ty miles to an organized eliurch, lean not attend nieet 
inij as I would like to do. I take the Messenger, and 
if \ ou give me througii it the information I am desirous 
of lia\-ing, I can there read it. J/>coi: AV. G.vujiv. 

Sometime ago Ave gave a pretty full expla- 
nation of oaths, and shoAved thatthey are not 
in harmony Avitli the teaching of the gospeh 
As an affirmation can be made Avithout violat- 
ing our Lord's command, "Let your con;- 
munication be yea, yea; nay, nay: for Avhat- 
soever is more than these cometL of evil," a;; 
an affirmation can be made by simpl}^ say- 
ing, yes, or no, to the question put Avhen en 
affirmation is necessary, an affirmation is not 
contrary to the gospel. As remarked above, 
we some time ago gave an article ou the oath, 
we shall noAv confine our remarks \o the 
main point in our brother's query. 

To affinit is to assert positively. It is op- 
IDOsed to (Icnij. Affirmation in kiAv is thus 
exj.'lained biy Webster: "A solemn declara- 
tion uif:de under the jjenalties of i3e7-jury, by 
persons Avho cons-cientionsly decline taking 
an oath; whicli declaralion is in law equiva- 
levd. to an oath." It is as great a sin to af- 
firm fal.'^ely, as it is to sAvear fal&ely. Hence 
Webster says in his dehnition of an affirma- 
tion, that it is equivalent to an oath in laA". 
A*person who affirms is as much boiind to 
tell the truth as one Avho takes an oath. The 
word atjinn occurs in the following Script- 
ures: Kom. 3: 8; 1 Tim. 1: 7; Titus 3- 8: Acts 
25; 19. J. Q. 



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Feb. 7, i888, 



A o/< .s jiinii (HO- i oiresitoHdents, 



■'A> ..■.■1,1 water is to a thirsty suul. so is soixi news 
from a far omunry. " 



TJie address of 13ro. Michael Floiy is 
ohauged from Ivossville, Clinton Co., Ind., 
to I'anilnia. Clinton Co.. Ind. 

— Bro. A. W. SInitVr snvs ihiit tlio total 
unnibei- <>f acressions iiy lia[)tisii), in 1SS7, 
should bo .'V-'oO, instead of the ligures pre- 
viously stated. 

— Sister Susan M. Strope writes from Ore- 
ana. 111.: •' We are in the midst of a series of 
meetings at the Oakley Brick church. Bro. 
J. Baruhart, of Champaign county, is doing 
the preaching, and we hope many will come 
to Christ." 

—Sister Catharine Johnson, of Feabody, 
A\ hitley Co.. Ind., wishes to know the where- 
abouts of William Johnson, who formerly 
lived in Jetterson Co., Ohio. He is now 
about sixty years of age. Any information 
in regard to this should be addressed as 
above. 

—Bro. Peter Eiler, of the Arcadia church, 
Ind., writes the following: "Bro. Levi Hol- 
siuger came to our place Dec. 29, and held 
meetings until Jan. 11. He preached nine- 
teen sermons, and as an immediate result 
four were added to the church, and a num- 
ber almost persuaded. The church was 
built up in the Christian faith." 

—Friend W. H. Campbell says: " It has 
been a little over a year ago, when I first saw 
a copy of your paper, and since that time I 
have greatly admired the many contributions 
of your beloved writeis. Though a Mission- 
ary Baptist in belief, yet I love your paper. 
In many respects it gives no uncertain sound 
to the weary pilgrim to the home beyond." 

—Sister Annie Smack, of Greenfield, Ohio, 
expresses her satisfaction at reading the 
Messengei:. She and husband li\e isolated 
from the church, and would like very much 
to have the Brethren stop and preach in that 
vicinity. A good school-house can be had 
for the meetings, and we hope the Brethren 
will not forget the scattered ones of the fold. 

— Bro. A. 1". Deeter, of Moscom-, Idaho 
Territory, writes: " We need one thousand 
ministers, strong in the faith of Christ, to go 
into this western country and preach the 
gospel. Our country here is delightful, and 
we hope to see many of the Brethren come 
and settle with us. In the near future we 
expect to establish a prayer-meeting and 
Sunday-school." 

— Sister Mina Snyder, of the South Bea- 
trice church, Nebr., Avrites: "I think our 
brethren should Ije more active in holding 
meetings. Where there are several minis- 
ters, there is no reason why there should not 
be preaching every Sunday. We intend to 
commence a series of meetings, shortly, in 
the South Beatrice church, and hope to meet 
with good success. Time is flying swiftly, 
and we know not how .soon we may be called 
to leave this world. Let us be faithful, then, 
and God will reward us in the day of final 
reckoning." 



Sister Emeline Campbell, of South 
Baub, Ind., says: " After reading Bro. W. M. 
Lyon's article, we came to the conclusion 
that if the Brethren would only heed it, 
much good might be accomplished. We 
have a house near here that can be had for 
preaching, and hope that our ministering 
brethren will make an etTort to hold some 
meetings for us." 

-Bro. A. W. Austin, of the Belleville 
church, Ivepublie Co., Kans., writes: "The 
church here has been laboring under some 
disadvantages. The members, for the great- 
er part, have had more or less sickness, and 
our series of meetings had to be discontin- 
ued, on account of Bro. Jacob Trostle's ill- 
ness. We have regular meetings once or 
twice each Sunday, and an interesting Bible 
class Wednesday night. W^e would be glad 
to see members move into this neighbor- 
hood, to help in the work of the Lord." 

I — Sister Jennie Ashbaugh, of Litchfield, 
\ Ind., writes: " While thinking, this Sunday 
morning, of the many blessings that have 
strewn my pathway in the past, I resolved, 
: by the grace of God, to live closer to the 
i bleeding side of Christ. True, there have 
been conflicts, — especially since husband and 
I joined the Brethren church. It does seem 
sometimes as though every step forward had 
' to be taken through the fire. But God's 
grace is sutiicient, and the fire only burns 
the dross, and fits our souls to appear before 
j the Master, in the spotless garb of righteous- 
ness. Precious promises are ours if we only 
i lay hold on them. Brethren and sisters, let 
: us trust God more and more, and he will 
crown us with everlasting life." 

I Bro. S. A. Shaver, of Maurertowu, Shen- 

andoah Co., A a., under date of Jan. 16, says: 
" A very distressing accident occurred last 
Sunday morning, on Cedar Creek, in this 

1 county, resulting in the death of Bro. Pur- 
nell Brill. Early on Sunday forenoon, a | 
neighbor's son, a young man about fifteen i 

I years of age, called to see Bro. Brill's son 
for the purpose, it is said, to attend church. ; 
Prior to leaving the place, however, the ! 
neighbor boy produced an old pistol, and ex- 
hibited it to his companion, whereupon , 
Bro. Brill directed his son to go into the | 
house and bring his (his son's) pistol, for 
the purpose of showing it to their visitor. 
This was done, and the weapon, a 32-calibre ! 
revolver, was handed to the neighbor boy j 
for inspection. In the course of his exam- i 
ination of the weapon, he ventured to try the I 
spring, and for that purpose drew back the 
hammer. His fingers were benumbed with 
cold, and the hammer slifjped in his grasp, 
exploding the cartridge and shooting Bro. 
Brill in the heart. Death ensued almost in- 
stantly. He spake only a few words before 
he expired. His age was sixty-one years, 
one month and seven days. He commanded 
the respect of the community in which he 
lived. His funeral was perhaps the largest 
that ever occurred in that part of the country. 
This accident adds one more to the numer- 
ous incidents which shov,- the folly of hand- 
ling fire-ftrms." 



—Bro. Daniel Chambers, of Carson City, 
Mich., under date of Jan. 22, Avrites: " Our 
aged father in Israel, Eld. John Brillhart, 
met with a serious accident on Jan. 18. While 
his grandson, who is living with them, was 
removing a part of a straw stack, which en- 
dangered stock about the yard, a ladder 
leaning against the stack was accidentally 
thrown over, striking Bro. Brillhart with 
great force on the right side of his head, 
breaking both bones of his right fore-arm, 
and severely bruising his head. Up to this 
time doubts are entertained as to his recov- 
ery. Yesterday evening he desired to be 

■ anointed, which was done according to gos- 
pel directions. Many are sympathizing with 
our aged soldier of the cross. Brethren, 

! pray for his recovei'y!" 

■ Bro. Wm. Mallory, of Hartersville, Va., 
writes: "We have had preaching only once, 
in fifteen months, and this extensive field 
for mission work does not seem to have the 
prope)- attention paid to it. Brethren Gish 
and West, in their articles, hit the nail 
squarely on the head. It is only too true 
that many ministers are willing to do mis- 
sionary work where they can ride in palace 
cars and sit down to sumptuous tables. But 
ah, they are few who are ready to march up 
to the breastworks of Satan alone and unaid- 
ed, to attack the foe. Too many fall back 
and say, 'The devil is too strongly fortified.' 
Brethren, remember that Godjhas said, ' I 
will be Avith you even unto the end of the 
world.' God is able to scatter the fortifica- 
tions of the devil to the four winds of the 
earth. Thank God that we have many yet, 
that are willing to sail through bloody seas, 
though others w'aut to be carried to the skies 
on fiowery beds of ease." 

— Bro. J. W. Hawn, of Unionville, Iowa, 
sends us an account of the following sad oc- 
currence which goes to show that it is a per- 
ilous undertaking to defy the Almighty: " A. 
W, Fullie, living in the north-western part of 
the county, met with an untimely death on 
Wednesday of this week. He was a man 
well known in the community, and quite 
wealthy. A week ago, when the first bliz- 
zard came, he said, ' If there is such a being 
as God Almighty, he is without love or feel- 
ing for humanity, or he would not send such 
storms upon us,' at the same time declaring 
that if another such storm came he Avould go 
to a climate that had never been cursed with 
such storms, and escape the vigilance of the 
Almighty. The storm came on Tuesday 
morning, and he began preparations for de- 
parture. Securing a large trunk, he packed 
it full of articles that he would be most like- 
ly to need, and, on AVednesday morning, 
Avent to load it into the wagon to haul to 
Vilisca, where he expected to take the after- 
noon train. He had one end of the trunk in 
a wagon box, and was raising the other end 
from the ground, when his feet slipped from 
under him, and the heavy trunk came down 
upon his neck as he lay upon the ground. 
The neck was broken, and he died almost in- 
stantly. A hired man was, at the time of 
the accident, engaged in hitching the team 
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soon as possible, but too late— the terrible 
work was done in an instant. Calling as- 
sistance, the lifeless form of A. W. Fullio 
was carried to the house and medical aid 
summoned, but when the physician arrived, 
the lifeless form was stiff and cold." 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

"Write what thou Beeet, and send it unto the churches." 

A Synoptical Report. 

We, the Committee appointed by Annual 
Meeting to visit churches in the East, have 
finished our work, as best we could, accord- 
ing to the various circumstances attending. 

Dec. 21, 1887, the entire Committee met in 
Philadelphia, and organized by electing .Ti. 
H. Miller, Foreman, and B. F. Moomaw, Sec- 
retary. We met with the congregation the 
same evening. The Committee was respect- 
fully received, and a large volume of busi- 
ness was brought before us, the investigation 
of which occupied that and the following 
night, until late hours. The meeting was 
then adjourned, to give time for the prepara- 
tion of the rei)ort, and to meet on Monday 
night for final action. The report was then 
read and explained. An address was deliv- 
ered by Bro. Orr, the resident minister, fa- 
vorable to the report, with the recommenda- 
tion that it be accepted by the church. The 
report was then put upon its passage, and, 
nearly unanimously, received. The spirit 
manifested in this church by all present, im- 
pressed us favorably, and inspired the hope 
that the tendency will be, by a united effort, 
to bring about union and harmony of action 
with the General Brotherhood. 

On Saturday, Dec. 24, we met with the 
members (a few iu number) in their meeting- 
house in Germantowu. We were received 
with becoming Christian courtesy, and worked 
with them during the day and evening. We 
met and worshiped with them on Sunday 
morning and evening. We met again on 
Monday, and read and explained to them 
our report, which was unanimously received. 
They promised to work for union and har- 
mony with the church. It is sad to see the 
condition of things here -the place, where 
the Brethren first settled upon this continent, 
now so nearly faded away! Only a lew mem- 
bers are here, and with some of them the 
light shines but dimly; yet there are still 
others iu whom there is a living Christian 
spirit manifest, and with the arrangements 
now made, there is hope for a better state of 
things in the future. There being now no 
resident officer in this church, Bro. Frank 
Cassel, an elder in convenient distance, was 
elected to take charge of the church, and, 
with other brethren whom he may get to as- 
sist him, he will probably have regular 
preaching. May the blessing of heaven be 
with them! 

Dec. 27, we met with the Coventry church, 
and, after a season of devotion, the ob- 
ject of the meeting was explained. A num- 
ber of issues were then raised and discussed, 
touching the legality and expediency of our 
inission, seemingly for the purpose of embar- 



rassing and intimidating the Committee. The 
question, however, was finally put in our al)- 
sence, and it was decided to not formally ac- 
cept the Committee, but (illoir it to proceed 
with the business. 

The business was then presented by elders 
Samuel Zug and William Hertzler, of the 
Eastern District of Pennsylvania, who were 
present for that jjurpose. The day was con- 
sumed in the work before us, and the meet- 
ing adjourned until the next day. The re- 
port was then read, and accepted l)y the 
church. 

This church has a large membership, but, 
unfortunately, it is about equally divided; 
about one-half of the members are in full 
sympathy with the gospel as understood by 
our general Brotherhood. The rest, as it ap- 
peared to us, are more inclined to Congrega- 
tionalism, but we hope that, with God's 
blessing, our work with them will be attend- 
ed with good results. 

In all these meetings, first and last, elders 
S. Zug, William Hertzler, J. T. Myers, 
Frank Cassel and Bro. Gotwals were with 
us, and helped us much in our labors. May 
Heaven's blessings attend them ! 

On the evening of Dec. 28, we arrived in 
Huntingdon at a late hour. We were met 
at the railroad station by the Brethren, and 
conducted to their homes. They cared for 
us as Christian brethren and friends are 
wont to do. On the morning following, we 
assembled with the members in the Chapel 
of the school building. We were greeted 
with Christian courtesy and pleasant coun- 
tenances. It is always thus with congenial 
spirits. After a season of devotion, the Com- 
mittee was accepted. The business v,'as in- 
troduced, and we found it to be mainly a 
complaint regarding a departure from the 
recognized principles of the church, in allow- 
ing the indulgence in dress according to the 
fashion of the world. This was not denied, 
but it was stated that this evil had gotten in- 
to the church partly under circumstances 
over which they had no control. But all who 
expressed themselves said, that they were in 
full sympathy with the rules of the church. 
They had worked, and would continue to 
work together, with the general Brotherhood, 
for union and harmony in all its rules, and 
for the accomplishment of its objects and 
ends. Upon this basis, and with some sug- 
gestions and advice, the decision of the Com- 
mittee was made, submitted to the congrega- 
tion in an evening session, and accepted unan- 
imously. TJie meeting was then dismissed, 
all feeling that it was good to be there, and 
that, with God's blessing, good results will 
follow. In him do we trust. We then sep- 
arated, with a view of departing on the mor- 
row. 

Being brought on our way by a kind Prov- 
idence, we arrived, at a late hour, iu Union- 
town, Fayette Co., Pa., Dec. 31. AVe were 
met at the station by the Brethren, taken to 
their homes and kindly cared for. Christian 
courtesy marked all that was said ard done. 
Jan. 1, the Lord's Day, some of the Commit- 
tee went out to a country meeting-house, and 
others remained in town, preacliiug at both 



places. Monday morning we met with the 
George's Creek congregation at the FairvieAv 
meeting-house. After the usual opening 
service, the Committee was cordially received 
by the church, and the business for which 
we were called was then presented. It was 
too varied and voluminous to be described in 
this sketch, but in the work of two days and 
part of a night, all was submitted to the 
Committee for decision and counsel. The 
report being read and explained before the 
church, it was unanimously accepted, and the 
I conditions were complied v/ith, so far as it 
I was then practicable. 

I On the day following, Jan. -i, we assem- 
I bled at the meeting-house to attend the fu- 
I neral of a man who was killed on Monday, by 
i being caught in a water-wheel. Immediately' 
after the service, Bro. Miller left us, and 
I started for his home in the West. The rest 
I started on their way east; we traveled to- 
gether till the evening of the 5th, when we 
bade each other a pleasant farewell. They 
were then near their homes; I, turning south- 
ward, had yet to travel over 200 miles. I ar- 
rived at Dayton, Va., on the Gth, where I re- 
mained and labored with the Brethren there, 
and at Bridgewater, in public meetings and 
church meeting, until the 11th. I arrived 
home on the evening of the 13th, broken 
down and sick. Since, I have been confined 
to my room, taking medicine and resting, 
and trying to recover my impaired vitality. 
By God's blessing, I am convalescent. 

Bro. S. F. Sauger is now conducting a se- 
ries of meetings in our vicinity, but I am not 
able to attend, the weather being too severe. 
Since my arrival home I have received three 
urgent calls for ministerial help. I pray the 
Lord of the harvest for more laborers. Let 
us thank the Lord for such an awakening in 
the work of evangelism! B. F. Moomaw. 



From Pleasant Hill Church, Shelby Co.. Ohio. 



Bug. M. L. Hohn came to us Dec. 10, an^l 
preached until Dec. 25. He is an able work- 
er, and takes a great interest in the young- 
people. Dec. 17 he had a children's meet- 
ing, the first one ever held in our church. 
AVe had a full house, and the children 
seemed to be interested. The grown people 
were also well pleased. Bro. Hohn made it 
interesting to all. The weather being favor- 
able, the attendance was excellent, and we 
believe quite an interest was manifested b}- 
all. The spirit of God is moving among the 
people. Six souls were buried with Christ 
in baptism, and more are counting the cost. 

Maria C. Hague. 



From Lower Cumberland Chiu'ch, Pa. 

Tins church has again enjoyed a little 
season of refreshing from the presence of the 
Lord. Bro. Correll, of Waynesboro, came to 
us, Jan. 2, commencing meeting on the even- 
ing ul Jan. 1, at the Baker meeting-house. 
Though the weather was somcAvhat unfav- 
orable, the attendance was good. Bro. Cor- 
rell labored faithfully for us, dividing the 
Word of God ill its primitive purity. He 



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preaolied eigbt sermons, aud ^ve hope the ■ 
good seed sown by God's faithful servant, . 
will briug forth much fruit in the near fut- 
ure, ilny God help us. that we may hold 
out faithful to the end, aud re'^eivo a crown 
of righteousness which is promisetl to those 
who ;ue friithtul. Er.Li B. Westfall. 



From Eunker Hill Church. Ohio. 

Wi£ hold our ioveJeast Oct. •2\\ and on- 
joyed ir very much. EKl. C-ioorge "Worst. 
13ro. Edward Loom is, our elder, M. Shutt, 
aud our home ministers, were present. Bro, 
Josiah Hochstetitr prer.ehes for us every 
two weeks. We luwe singing every Sunday 
night. I think we can worship God as well 
by siv.giug as any o'hei- way. We must sing 
vritli the spiiit aud under.'rtanding. There 
were three added to r.-ar church not long ago 
bv iv^ptism. yAr.Aii Midpaugh. 



From Sugar Creek Church. Ohio 

Ox Ch; isimas evening, Dec. 2^, Bro. I. D. 
Parhtr, nf Ashland, O.: commenced a series 
I'f Hieelings in the Sugar Creek church, in 
the ceiit)al part of (nir district, and continued 
until the eveiiing ci; Jan. 4 Four precious 
sf.uls ruade the good confession, and were 
baptized int<> Ciirist, to rise and v/alk in 
newness of life. We think it would have 
been for the better, had the meetings been 
continued, as othei's are counting the cost, 
aud, like Felix of old, were almost persirad- 
ed, but aie yet waitiug for a more convenient 
.•^enfeoji. 

Bro. Pcoker is an enthusiastic worker in 
the cause of the Maste!-, rightly dividing the 
Word of Truth. His labors will ever be re- 
rneiiibered by those who labored with him. 
Tiiis branch of liie Lord's vineyard is in a 
prosperous condition. The Brethren have 
er.-cted a large, cojumodious house, suitable I 
b.r I'.jVn- feast purposes, at Berlin, Holmes 
i-ou'ity, and have lately bought and repaired 
till- M. E. chu.rcL iu tlie town of Piagersville. 
^!l^.•y aic now contenjplatiug the building of 
a ue.v liivase, where tl)e late meetings were 
heh.i. This should Ive, as the old house needs 
repairii-g arid r-i inadeouatt; to the wants of 
ti.e church. Although dark clouds of dissen- 
siou and the spirit of disobedience have oft- | 
en thro^ten'::d us. v.e have not been disttu'bed 
by any kA thf-. factions. Brethren and sisters, 
let us be mora earnestly engaged in this 
great work, so that v.-e rxiay livens onward j 
with renewed z<;ai and energy to the up- 
l;uilding of tjie cliurcb. May God bless us 
to live lives worthy of our calling, a bless-: 
ir.g to the church of Christ, ai;d that we may I 
be ihe me'in.s of bringing others into the I 
kingdom I H. M. Shutt. ! 



Oar Trip to Missouri. 

^"OYEMLEK 29, 1887, wife and i went to the 
District Meeting of Southern Indiana. After 
the Meeting, we continued our trip, going in 
n sonth-'vvesterly direction, to Jasper, Jas- 
X>er Co., Mo. We moved along nicely as far 
as Nevada, where we changed cars, and wfere 
obliged to wait about five hours. We w^re 



again detained by our engine colliding with 
a freight engiue, which stood too near the 
main track to allow ours to pass. Both en- 
gines were disabled, and ours was derailed, 
and turned over on its side. Three more 
hours tediously wore away, before we could 
move on. We reached Jasper late in the 
evening of Dec. o. The Brethren of the 
Dry Fork congregation, near Jasper, having 
desired that we should assist them in a se- 
ries of meetings, an appointment had been 
made for that evening. The congregation 
was small, on account of a heavy rain-fall, 
"svhich caused bad roads and high water. We 
continued meetings until the evening of the 
19th. The weather seemed to be against tis, 
the tirst week being rainy and foggy, and the 
roads muddy, birt we had quite a good attend- 
ance, all things considered. 

We had a few " blizzards," as they call 
them, which materially affected the size of 
our congregations. We closed the meetings 
with seven accessions. The church at that 
place is alive to the work, and, by careful 
and judicious ruling, and a proper regard for 
rule by all, it will prosper. There are many, , 
in and about the Dry Fork community, wdio 
are very favorably impressed with the doc- 
trine. ^Vitll a good house of worship, and 
situated in a good country, there is no need i 
of a failure in ehurch-v.'ork. Bro. William 
Harvey and Samuel Wine are the ministers; ' 
they are assisted by three deacons. 

On the 20th, in company with Bro. Sam- 
uel Wine, Ave started for the Spring Piiver 
congregation, about eight or niue miles 
north-east of Carthage. An appointment 
had been made for the same evening. Wife 
remained at Jasper, returning to Indiana on , 
the 23rd, in company with her brother. ! 

We continued the meetings in the Spring ; 
Pdver church until the evening of Jan. 1. i 
During all this time the weather was cold, ; 
hence we had ])at few times a full house. < 
The congregations being so fluctuating, it 
was hard to decide what was best adapted to 
them, from time to time, bat we did the best 
we could, and the result is with the Lord. ■ 
There i.s quite a good membership in this 
church, but the members are considerably 
scattered; hence a number could not attend. 
School being held in the house during the 
day, we could have no meetings then, and 
for many the distance was too great to come 
at night. There were no accessions to the 
church. The ministers here are brethren 
Christian Holdeman, George Barnhart and 
A. B. Miller; they are assisted l)y four or 
five deacons. 

Jan. 2, in company with Bro. Barnhart, we 
returned to the Dry Fo) k congregation, hav- 
ing promised the m,embers tJiere a few meet- 
ings on our return. V>''e held three meetings, 
and baptized one person. At the last meet- 
ing, tv/o made application to be restored 
who had gone witli the Old Order faction. 

We took tlie train at Jasper at 2 A. M , for 
Warren sburg, Mo., where wc arrived at about 
A. M. In com[)any vvith Bro. Blocher and 
his two sisters, avg started for the Mineral 
Creek church, a distance of about ten miles. 
Wo commeuced meetings in their house on 



the 8th, and continued until the evening of 
the 22ud. There we had a fair congregation 
at times, but at other times it was small, ow- 
ing to the exlreineiy cold weather, — the mer- 
cury sometimes indicating 18^ below zero, 
and at other times from 6 ' to 10^. LTpon tht> 
whole, there seemed to be rather a good in- 
terest. We hope tiie results may prove, in 
the Lord's own time, to be for the welfare of 
the church at Mineral Creek. One was re- 
stored during the meetings. The ministers 
at that place are brethren S S. Mohler, Mar- 
tin Mohler, John M. Mohler, Fred Culp and 
Levi Mohler; they are assisted by a goodly 
number of deacons. The congregation num- 
bers about xGO members, and is in good 
working-order. 

In company with brethren Mnrtin and S. 
S. Mohler, we arrived at Warrensburg, where 
we started for home. We arrived safely, and 
found all well, for which v.e tiiank the Lord! 

Lewis W. Teetek. 
Hcifjcrstoicn, Iiul. 

Fvsm Ridgeway, Ind. 

Bito. S. W. HoovE!t came to the Howard 
church, Howard C(>., Ind., Jan. II, and held 
fourteen meetings. He cUise-.i on the even- 
ing of the 22nd. Bro. Hoover is full of en- 
ergy and zeal for the Master's cause, and as 
our meetings progressed, the interest in- 
creased. Tiiough there were no immediate 
results, we believe much good was done. 
Ttie churcii was much revived, and sinners 
were made to reaHze that they were out of 
Christ, and abnost persuaded to become 
Christians. Vv^e hope and pray that the 
good seed sown may spring up and briug 
forth an abund,ant harvest! Come again! 

J(ui. :^7. Daniel Bock. 



Thanksgiving Offerings. 

North Manchester church, Ind., 

Fred Hine.^, Silver Lake, Ind., 

D. E. Weigle, Des Moisies, Iowa, 

J. A. Bov/ers, Sabetha, Kans., 

N. A. L. p., Clifton, Mo , 

Rachel Stamey, Iowa 

James Glotfelty, Libertyville, Iowa,. 
Annie Glotfelty, Libertyville, Iowa, . 
Fred and Elizabeth Soner, Osborne, O. 
Miss S. M. Pr'itzman, Singgold, Md. 
Moses Walker, Boone, Pa 



!5i2 10 

1 00 
50 

3 00 

4 50 

2 00 
1 00 
1 00 

, 2 00 

, 2 00 

20 00 



Total #49 10 

The above amounts wore received Dec. 15 
and 16, 1887, and should have been reported 
in G. M. No. 1, of current issue; they were 
overlooked when preparing the report for 
publication. D. L. Millei;, Tieas. 

What We Want. 

SoMi'; b!-.jthren may think us greedy, but 
not so. We don't want all the preachers and 
deacojis to ujove, and settle here at Stuttgart. 
When we pause foi- a moment and consider, 
— count the ministers in the South,— what 
are we doing? Have not ihese Southern 
people IX God-givoi! riglit to hfvve the gospel 



Feb. 7, 1888. 



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preached to themV They have; and by 
whom? By those whom God and the church 
has called to the work of the ministry. The 
ministers should work more in these desti- 
tute pieces. What have we done, or what 
are we doing in the grand old State of Ken- 
tucky r Nothing. AVhat in Western -Ten- 
nessee, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, — in 
short, in all the Southern country? Little, 
very little. Just think of nine elders sitting 
at one little meeting, with perhaps as many 
other ministers, while one does all the 
talking? I think '"Farmer John" should 
have been there to scatter them out. Breth- 
ren, are you not ashamed to trent your good 
Master that way, when he Jias so much im- 
j)ortant \voi'k for you to do? With the com- 
iisand, "Go," before us, let us preach the gos- 
pel to every creature. It is cleaT to my 
min<l that we should push our work into 
these destitute places and among the poor. 
Perhaps we wait for some one to go ahead 
and open the way, or for something to turn 
up. We must push out and turn up some- 
thing. Eight here the main talent of our 
church is consumed or taken up in visiting 
the churches or in evangelistic work. While 
it is pleasant to both congregation and min- 
ister, there is a question whether, after all, 
it is the most profitable, since experience 
teaches us that, in most cases, when the eon- 
gregaticsn has been greatly enlarged by the 
ab.iliry of the strange preacher, the interest 
goes with him, and we experience a reverse 
that runs our congregation ai;d interest be- 
iow wliat it was before, to the discourage- 
ment of the home ministers. As a general 
thing, in my judgment, it Avould be better 
for the churches and for the home ministers 
to hold their own series of meetings, and 
gather in the fruits of their labor, and, if 
possible, try and prevail on our able breth- 
ren to go out among strangers, make con- 
verts, and thus establish churches. If they 
could succeed in converting several at each 
meeting, churches could soon be established 
all over this Southern country. Biethren, 
will you try the experiment? I think that 
each State District should send out and sus- 
taiji f)ue or two faithful brethren to do rais- 
sioiuxry work. Go wheie tJiere are no 
cliurdips and build \\\) some. What we 
want here is one preaclier to help in the 
ministry, and two fHitlifrd deacons Ic, assist 
in their part of the work, wiili their wives, 
as occasion may require. Such help is need- 
ed. Will you come, ami come soon? I 
have no reward to offer, but tJie Master 
wdioin I serve sayp, he v/ill reward every one 
of you according to your work. Do you be- 
lieve it? . J AS. Ft. GiSH. 



faith and patience ti) wait until after the 
" many days." 

Bro. Howard Miller preached for us at In- 
dian Creek on the evenings of Jan. 21 and 22. 
His sermons were appreciated l),y an inter- 
ested audience, and we deeply regretted that 
he could not continue the meetings at pres- 
ent. The solemn and impressive sermon 
preached by him on Sunday evening, v.'ili 
long be remembered. Ll/ziE H. !'>£Lr. 



From Abilene Church, Kans. 

Sept. 17 the church commenced a series 
of meetings to continue rrntil the love-feast, 
which was held Oct. 1 and 2. On account of 
the inclemency of the weather at the begin- 
ning of the series of meetings, the attendance 
was small. Sept. 29, Bro. C. Hope came to 
us and viielded tlie sword with powder. Two 
came out on the Lord's side and were bap- 
tized. Bro. Hope labored earnestly for the 
good of the church and for the conversion of 
the sinner. Little did brethren Brandt and 
Carl Anderson think when tlie^^ joined the 
church here, about ten years ago, that they 
would ever have a Danish meeting. They 
held a little Danish meeting on Sunday aft- 
ernoon, and it is to be hoped there were 
some deep impressions made on some of the 
Danes, as some of them listened very atten- 
tively to the preaching. Although we could 
not understand any of it, it v, as interesting 
to see thorn enjoy the meeting. We are 
holding a series of meetings now in the 
southern part of this arm of the church, and 
we hope and pray there v/ill be some good 
done to the saving of soitls. 

Theo. H. Davis. 



From Fort Collin, Colo, 



From Plainland, Pa. 

The Brethren of the liatiield church re- 
cently l)eld an interesting series of meetings. 
Bro. S. B. Zug, of Lancaster county. Pa., la- 
bored acceptably for them. The claims of 
our Bedeemer were presented to sinners, and 
Christians were encouraged to press forward 
in the narrow way. He preached the Word, 
and we know that, like bread cast upon the 
w^aters, it will return, if we only have the 



Nov. 18, I left my home in Western, Saline 
Co., Nebr., for Aurora, Hamilton county, 
where Bro. Peter Forney lives. We held 
some meetings with them for the space of 
one week; but while there, the first blizzard 
of the season came upon us, and put a stop 
to our pleasant meetings. On Monday, the 
28th, I came to Longmont, aiTiving at Bro. 
G. W. Fester's the 29th. i have been with 
the Brethren here in about forty meetings, 
at different places. There are but four 
members living here iu this vicinity, but 
there are others that are acquainted with the 
doctrine of the Brethren, hence it was not so 
hard to preach here ms in some localities. I 
am well pleased with Bro. Landon West's 
paper on mission work, iu No. 2, carrejit 
volume. The writer has had much experi- 
ence in that direction, in the last fifteen 
years, laboring on the borders and frontier 
until the little iiieans that he lirought with 
him are nearly exhausted, in consequence of 
drouth, chinch bugs, grasshoppers and hail- 
storms, Much of our time and means was 
spent in the service of our Lord and Master, 
but that is all right, " We glory iu tribula- 
tion, distresses, persecutions," etc., seeing 
that it " works for us a far more exceedin<i 
and eternal weight of glory." Our children, 
with the exception of the youngest, are all 



in Nebraska, taki^ig care of things at home. 
Brethren and sisters, pray for them and us! 

J on>: J. Hoover. 



From the Kansas Center Ch'arch. 

The above church is located in Bice coun- 
ty. It was organized May 31, 1880, with 
eight brethren and ten sisters. B;v\ M. E. 
Brubaker was the elder; Bro. I. S Brubakei 
in the first degree of tlie ministry, and J. P. 
Vaniman, deacon. The first comnuDiion iu 
the county was held at Bro. Isaac BrubaJ-c- 
er's, near Mitchell, June 11, 1887. The first 
applicant in the county was baptized by C. 
C. Gikson, of Girard, III., June 11, 1887." 

Nov. 9, 1887, Bro. Jonathan Brubaker, of 
Girard, 111., and the wjitej-, held a fev/ meet- 
ings \\\ the above chnicli, a!: which time two 
eamiO out on the Lord's side. The writer 
again paid them a, visit at the close of the 
old year, and remained ten days, and it 
pleased the Father to seijd into the sinner's 
heart the convictijjg power of his Spirit. Ten 
expressed a desire to leave the ranks of Sa^ 
tan, and were buried with Christ iu baptism. 
Two who had strayed away from the fold, 
again desired to walk with the church. 

Tliis church nov,- has a working member- 
ship of forty-six members, with two elders 
and o!)-^. broth'-r in the nuuistry. Y^^hile 
wit!; them, we were made to feel that where 
there is such union, love and zeal, the power 
for go<Hl v.'iii be manifested, and many more 
will be i.Tompred to join in and helj^ fight 
ihe battles of the Lord. Some of those that 
came to the church had gone far from home, 
and others are young in years. To all I sa}-, 
Prove faithful; hold fast to the profession 
you have made, and it will not be long until 
the Master will say, " Well done; enter thou 
into the joys of thy Lord." Let us ever iry 
and increase in those things that will endure, 
'• for here we have no continuing city, but we 
seek one to come," Isaac H. Crist. 

OJaihe, Kans. 

From Prairie Creek Church, Ind. 

The church at this place is in peace and 
union; love seems to reign supreme through- 
out the Brotherhood. Bro. Samuel Younce, 
of Delaware county, spent nearly a week 
with us, encouraging Christians, and plead- 
ing with sinners. He presented the truth in 
its primitive purity, taking for his basis Je- 
sus Christ. Bro. Aaron Moss, of Howard 
county, also held a meeting in this arm of 
the church, and, by his earnest pleading, and 
through the spirit of God, he induced two 
precious souls to step into the pales of the 
church. Bro. Moss returned home, leaving 
many warm friends. Death stole its way 
into our home, and robbed us of a dear 
brother whose kind words and pleasant 
smiles made home a pleasure. He is missed 
at the fireside; the circle seems to be incom- 
plete. Mattie Sala. 



If we do not drive sin out, sin will drive 
us out. 



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IHli OOSPHL. iVIKSSB;KCTKR 



I'eb. 7, 1888, 



From Florida. 



AVhen I get time. 1 shall write a series cf 
articles ou the Great South, treating at some 
length the climate, the people, the products, 
the negro, schools, churches, and the possi- 
bilities of the South, but for the present I 
want to make simx^ly a few brief remarks. 

Among the first members to settle in Flor- 
ida were Bro. W. B. Wocuard, and family, 
who now live at Manatee, Manatee Co., Fla. 
They settled there one year before I came to 
the State, and are still there, without any 
members living near them. From what I 
can learn, they have a good country, and for 
my part I would like to see members move 
in there and build ap a church. To some 
faithful and earnest minister, Bro. Woodard 
would offer some iaducement. Of course, 
we like to have members settle near Keuka 
and Hawthorn, but do not mean to be over- 
selfish. I think that inside of a few years 
there will be many churches in the South, 
and well there should be. If the people 
Xorth knew as much about the South as I 
think I do, they would come South in 
swarms. In many parts of Tennessee, 
Georgia and Florida, are better openings 
than can be found in the "West, to the peo- 
l)le who are willing to study the surround- 
ings and conduct themselves accordingly. I 
write this in the interest of religion, and not 
in the interest of speculation. I came here 
nearly four years ago, and from that day to 
this I have not seen one particle of snow, 
have worked hard and enjoyed it. I think 
that I came here to stay, for the longer we 
stay the better we like it. We have no more 
desire for the snow-covered and ice-bound 
regions of the North, but oh, how we would 
like to see and mingle with some of the good 
people who live there! But for a home we 
prefer the Sunny South, the land of perpet- 
ual vegetation, where snows never come and 
the long summer is given. At Keuka we 
have as good school, church and Sunday- 
school privileges, and as good neighbors as 
any one should desire. The Brethren at 
Hawthorn are building up a fine community 
of good people, with prospects of a large 
church. The two places are twelve miles 
apart. 

In the course of a few weeks I shall, the 
Lord willing, move my family just across 
the north line of Florida, into Georgia, where 
I go to take charge of a large nursery inter- 
est a few years, till my grove comes into 
bearing at Keuka. I Avill visit and preach 
for the churches in Florida monthly. They 
now have three ministers. In the meantime 
I will see what I can do in the way of work- 
ing up an interest in the borders of Georgia. 
The climate here is about the same as Flori- 
da, possibly a little colder. I promised my- 
self to be very brief, and I must close right 
here, to keep anything like near the outer 
edge of the promise. J. H. Moore. 



morning, and left for Jiis liouie Monday 
morning, taking with him the good will and 
good wishes of the entire commuinty. 
While he was with us, he dealt out the Bread 
of Life to the hungry soul. His circum- 
stances were such that he could stay no 
longer. This we nil very much regretted. 
The church here chose him as its elder, to 
which he consented, but rather reluctantly. 
After the organization, the neighbors asked 
for a series of meetings, and appointed meet- 
ing for Christmas Day, and continued 
through the week in the evening. But as 
the meetings progressed, the interest in- 
creased, and they asked for day meetings, so 
we met day and evening until Sunday. On 
Sunday we baptized five. May they walk 
worthy of the good profession they have 
made before God and many witnesses! It 
was something new in this part of the coun- 
try to see baptism performed, and there was 
a large crowd of spectators. The interest 
being good, we continued the meetings, and 
on Sunday evening one more came, and on 
Monday evening another. By this time my 
health began to fail, and we were compelled 
to close. In all we had fifteen meetings; 
five were baptized, and two more applicants. 
Our members are as yet confined to three 
families in this immediate neighborhood. 
Being very weak financially, we can not do 
much towards helping along in the general 
missionary work, but we are in sympathy 
with it, and see the necessity of more work 
being done. As we have more calls than we 
can possibly fill, we hope some of the Breth- 
ren will come to our aid. We have a good 
country, good water and a good climate. The 
railroad is now completed to Englewood, 
about twelve miles from our place. 

Elihu Moore. 

l:')iqlciroo<I, Kfins. 



me ouly, but unto all them also, that love 
his appeariiig." I am very happy to know 
that there is a rest remaining for all those 
who love and obey the Lord! Oh, dear 
brethren and sisters, every-where, let us watch 
and pray, and keep our garments unspotted, 
that we may be the children of light! May 
the church be as a city set on a hill, that can 
not be hid, that the people may see our good 
works, and thereby be constrained to praise 
God, our Heavenly Father! 

Now is the time that many of our brethren 
are out among the different churches, work- 
ing up revivals. May the Lord help those 
brethren to preach the gospel in its ancient 
simplicity. Excitement should be avoided, 
and churches ought to be careful in selecting 
the right kind of brethren to hold protracted 
meetings. I know of several churches that 
were ruined by improper preaching, improp- 
er visiting and over-persuading from so-called 
evangelists. This thing of simply working 
for members is not right. It seems .that 
some people can not come into the church 
any more, without a protracted meeting being 
held. Then, too, it must be conducted by a 
preacher from a distance; a home minister is 
not considered capable by such people. 

S.\MUEL Mt'RRAV. 

Jiiver, hid., Jan. IS. 



From Salamony Church, Ind. 



From Cimarron Valley Church, Neutral Strip. 

The last I wrote was in regard to our or- 
ganization and love-feast. Bro. Enoch Eby 
was with us from Friday evening till Sunday 



Though my health has been poor the last 
three years, I praise and bless the Lord that 
it is as well with me as it is. I know the 
Lord has been very good to me, and I thank 
him for all his goodness. If I should live 
till the first day of next April, I will be 
eighty-two years old. It is now nearly two 
year.s, since, in consequence of poor health, I 
gave the care of the Salamony church over 
to Eld. Daniel Shideler. His co-laborers are 
six ministers in the second degree, and a 
number of deacons. I am happy to know- 
that so far the church has done well. It is 
true that some things are not as they should 
be, but we know that if the officials, with the 
church, are of one mind, all will soon be 
right. If each one has his own way, or if 
the church is divided, things are not as they 
should be, Jior as the Lord wants them. 

My work is nearly done; I can say, with 

the dear apostle, "I am now ready to be of- 

: fered, and the time of my departure is at 

hand. I have fought a good fight, I have 

finished my course, I have kept the faith ; 

henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of 

j righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous 

' Judge, shall give me at that day, and not to 



From Union City Church, Ind. 



On the evening of Jan. 7, Bro. Isaac 
Frantz, of Pleasant Hill, Ohio, began a se- 
ries of meetings at our church, one mile 
north of Union City. Never did I see the 
prospect for a good meeting begin with such 
unfavorable circumstances. Tiie weather 
being inclement, and roads almost impassa- 
ble, the congregation at first was small, but 
grew larger and larger with each successive 
meeting, until our large house was filled to 
its utmost capacity. Bro. Frantz preached 
twenty-eight sermons, in which he shunned 
not to declare the gospel as given us by the 
apbstles and our Lord Jesus Christ. His 
sermon on baptism was grand, as he omitted 
all historical testimony, ^ and used only the 
Word of God for his proof. As a result of 
his arduous labors, twelve [u-ecious souls, 
were made to leave the laiiks of sin and walk 
in newness of life. One was reclaimed, and 
others promised our dear brotlier to unite 
with us soon. .1. Q. Helman. 



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Wolf, No\-. 2o, 1SS7. George 15. McI5loyer .nnd sister 
Sarah !■;. Binkley, all of C'h.'i ry Grove, 111. 

ZUCK — PUTERnAl'(;iI.-.\t the nsiaeiue of llie 
bride's parents, D. 15. I'uterhaugh, of Cherry Gro\e, 
111., |an. 19, Frank Ziick inul si-iei- Ka'ie Puter- 
baugh, all of Carroll Co., 111. Ioski'ii .Stitzei.. 

FLOUR— LIN1:BAI;GII..\i the residence of the 
bride's mothei, Jan. S, bj T.J. Kolb, Bro. .Simon P. 
Flohr and sister Flora O. Lincbaugh, Ijotli of Adams 
Co., Pa. 

SHA\'ER-BRAFFV.— .\t the residence of the of- 
ficiating clergyman. Eld. Benjamin Fryfogle, at Sun- 
field, Eaton Co., Mich., Jan. 17, William Shaver and 
July Braley. 



I'eb. 7, 1888. 



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Fallen Asleep. 

"Rleseed are the dead which die in the Lord " 

SNELL. -In the Midland church, Fauquier Co, \'a., 
[an. 9, of pneumonia, Rro. Solomon fi. .Snell, aged 
(J years, S months and 4 days 

Deceased was a faithful minister of the chunli, 
and never swerved from the path of dutv. lie leaves 
a wife and ll\e children to mourn their loss. 

JACon Hedkick. 

AKERS. — In the Allison cluuch, Lawrence Co., HI., 
Ian. ^, of brain fever, sister Martha .\kers, aged ,V 
\ ears, 7 months and S da^ s. 

Deceased \\ as \eiy zealous in tlie IJrethren's faith. 
■She leaves a husband and six children to mourn their 
lcis>-. Services hv Rro. R- R- Gerhart, from i Cor. 15. 

J. 11. J Ei.T.isnx. 

(iOLLADA\'.--In the Flat Rock chuich, near .Mt. 
lackson, Va , Jan. 6, sister Fllzabeth, wife of F.phra- 
im f/olladav, aged af> years, 10 months and 18 days. 
Services by Frederick Cline and the writer, from 
Rev 13: 14. B. W. Ni-.r-r. 

MYERS.— In tlie Monocacy chinch, Md , Oct. iS, 
1S87, Lee Rosco, son of Milton (). ami sister Laura 
^l^ers, agedH months and todays. 

COLLIFLOWER.— In the same church, Jan. 9, Bro. 
Samuel Collillower, aged 54 years, 9 months and 9 
da\s. .Sfr\ ices hv the writer. T. J. Koii;. 

KlCllOL'l'Z.— In Rock River cluuch, 111., Jan. 10, 
15ro. John F. EichoUz, aged 72 years, ri months ami 
.^ days. .Services l)y Bro. Moses Deardorff and the 
n riter. J. C. Laiimax. 

LliSLllC. — In the Cerro (iordo cliurcli, III., Jan. in, 
Bro. I-"li Leslie, aged 79 years, 10 months and 9 ilay<, 
Deceased was Ijorn in Montgomery Co., Ohio, antl 
was a faithful member of the Brethren chuixh for o\er 
llfly years. lie was the father of seventeen children, 
having been married three times. Nine of the chil- 
dren preceded him. .Service-- by John Metzger and 
David I'ranI/. .Sri-iniKX SinvF.i.v. 

I'lXDLEV.— In the Johnstown church. Pa, Jan. 2;, 
l-Aa, daugiiter of friend James and sisler jane Fintl- 
lev, aged 11 months. Services by II. S. Myeis. 

BRI'MBAUGIL- -In the Salem church, Ohio, Jan. 
19, of diphtheria, Willis, son of Bro. John 11. and sis- 
ter Sopliia Brumbaugh, aged 3 years, 7 months and 
iS days. 

I le was sick only four tlays, and was called away 
10 join the angelic throng in heaven. .Services by 
hreihreii .StiUsman at;d Kinsey.from Mark ui: 15. 

Jkssi; K. Bri'miiaich. 

COCIIENOLR. — In the Woodstock clnnxh, \'a., 
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8 m'>nlhs and 9 days. Services liy the writer and J. 
Wakem.-ui, from [ohn s: 25. S. A. SiiWEi;. 



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;ind Potash, Hiijii (}i\\(li' Siiixt- 

I'liosphato o}JJoiif',Soliit)U' Aiii- 

inoiiiated Ij.jhc Piiospliiit" 

and Chemicals. 

A.U the above brands have stood the te.'it for 
jeari and in f.'.;!d 'oitssts have proted to be 
second to tone on the market. 

'Ve guarinteo to keep up Ihe present high 
standard of these different branrls. and feel 
ai-sored yoo can Sire money by bnying from 
ri.-j V.'rite for terms, circulars, etc. 
Adlress. 

D HLOf HEKc*; CO., 
7rriS Gettyeburg, Pa. 

THE MONOIT ROUTE. 

i'liis road is running a fine line of 
Pullman Buffet .Sleepers between Chi- 
cago and Indianapolis, Cincinnati and 
Loui-?ville, in connection with the fast 
Florida express trains. 

For particulars regarding rates to, 
Florida, landbuj-ers' tickets, etc., address, 
E. O. McCoR.MiCK, Gen'l Pass. Agt., 183 
Dearborn St., Chicago, III. 



It is false, and not tiuo that I Isavc 
reduced the rotaiJ {)i ice of my 
DR. PETERS' REMEDIES. 1 
absolutely refuse to sell to pedillers oi 
allow anyone to peddle the Br. Peters 
Remedies when I know it. Hence, 
peddlers do not love nie the more, and 
oftentimes feel constrained to say 
nanghty things a?)out me and inymedi 
.•■>ie. jly ag'enis are i;ot allowed to sell 
the DR. PETERS REMEDIES un- 
der price, for my prices are very low 
as compared with the i»ricc.s of ot her first 
class medicines. I alone must be judge 
in matters pertaining to my own affairs. 
If you buy blood medicine always looli 
at the printed cost mark on the outside 
Of bottles, and if it is less than $ 1 .25 
rest assured that I did not make it. My 
remedies are made lo CURE, not sim- 
ply to physic. 

Nearly thirty years' experience with 
sick people enables me to know their 
wants, and it is my aim to supply their 
Jemauds, regardless of speculators. 
Address, 
DR. PETER FAHK.NEY, 

Chicago, 111- 



A great lliiog. Everybod, likes ir. Hrn- 
dreds of agents write us that it beats ail things 
lo soil, and that the pe pie come t'l them for 
it 

C. IT Iludson, Pastor of M . E Cliurc'i, says: 
' fioods received; sold 42 boxej in i-ix liours." 

Mis3 H. E. lioyer writes: "Send me 5 gro-^s. 
The people are pressing me for it I I'an make 
from S3 to $.") every day I go ou*"." /Vgents 
make 18D per cent, f.n(lio ijsk. AVe pay a I 
expre&s chart es and redeem all utSiild goots, 
and we give c'ch agent a ni, e pre eni worth 
from 81.^'U to §J.2.">. This is a great chanc t 
for canvassing asents. Partioulars free, or a 
sample and outfit for a t-cent ttamp, or a trial 
dozen for 25 cents, AddroRp. 

ItOSE JELLY CO. . 
ttSecw Ntw Midway, Frederick <^o., Md. 



mmm immm 



Near Mclr'lierson College Building. 

.Send for idals, terms and iQSt'Uctione oon- 
certnng Ec'oclion of lots. Choice properly 
cheap. Terms go .d to i)oor who may wish to 
pay in installments. Dfsconnt for cash I'or 
particidars address, 

M. M JOsUBLM.VN, 
48if McPherson, Kans 



CANCER 



Iltiving fronted cancer for over fiftf en > ears. 
I am now prepared to futuish themtdicine to 
all fitllictcd with cancer, fcrofola or carbun- 
cles, with full directions for successful (roit- 
ment. Address with stamp for circular on 
taining full informat on 

EiyD P. H. MYERS, 
'ImG Ci?A Carroll Ave, Chicago, Id. 

" UxEXCEl.LRD," that is what may 
truly be said of Our Manuscrii'i- Taii 
LETS. The paper, while of good quality, 
is light enougli that you can send quite 
a number of pages in one letter without 
increasing the postage. Price, 20 cents 
per tablet, post-paid. Address thisonice, 



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CHICAGO, 

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MEHOOTA, PEQRIA, GAIESBURG, ST. LOUIS, 

QUINGY, KEOKUK, BURLINGTON, WASHINGTON, 

OSKALOOSA, DES MOINES, GHARITOfi, 

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Making Direct Connections 

TO AND FROM 

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BALTIMORE, WASHINGTON, 

CINCINNATI,PHILADELPHIA,B08T0N, 

NEW ORLEANS, LOUISVILLE, SAN FRANCISCO, 

LOS ANGELES, SALTLAKECITY, COLORADO AMD 

PACIFIC COAST RESORTS, GITY OF MEXICl*. 

PORTLAND, OREGON, MANITOBA, 

VICTORIA AND PUGET SOUND 

POINTS. 



Good Equipment, 

Cood Service, 

Good Connection. 



For information <;oncerning the Burlington Route, apply 
to the nearest Ticket Agent of the C, B & Q. or cor>. 
recting railroads. 

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'ipOTji.'.ani. '&.% 



The Gospel Messenger 



"Set for tlie Defense of the Gospel." 



Entered at the Post-OflSce at Mt. MorriB, 111. 
as Second Class Matter. 



Vol. 26, Old Series. 



Mt. Morris, 111., and Huntingdon, Pa., Feb. 14, 1888. 



No. 7. 



THE aOSPEL MESSENGER. 

H. B. BRUMBAUGH, Editob, 

And BuBiness Manager of the Eaetem House, Box 50. 

Huntingdon, Pa. 



The Brethren of the Clover Creek, Pa., church are 
holding a series of meetings at the Fairview church- 
house. Bro. W. A. Gaunt is doing the preaching. 



Sister Mary Riter informs us that Bro. Major's 
health is not good, and that he is looking forward to 
the end. He is with his daughter in Washington, D. C. 



Among the old, well-established and reliable seed 
houses, we name " Vick's," of Rochester, New York. 
Send them ten cents for their Guide, and with it you 
will get a certificate for ten cents worth of seeds. 



" When one is entirely satisfied with himself it is a 
sign there is something wrong with him. ' I thank 
thee that I am not as other men — not even as this pub- 
lican,' and ' O, wretched man that I am,' stand over 
against each other, and will do so forever." 



Palaver is a commodity of doubtful value, and 
some of our contributors spread it unnecessarily thick 
in speaking of the efforts made by our ministers in 
^r^Ci-Ung. " He wielced the Sword of the Spirit with 
power," etc., is made a stereotj'ped form of expression, 
meant well enough, but not necessary. 



Nine of the students attending the Normal are the 
children of our ministers. Some of them can ill afford 
to send their children away from home to have them 
educated, but appreciating the value of a good educa- 
tion, they are determined to give their children the ad- 
vantages of it, though they must do it at a considerable 
sacrifice. 



Some of our farmer brethren are complaining of the 
tightness of money matters, and a few are ordering 
their paper discontinued on account of the scarcity of 
money. In portions of our country our farmers have 
had light crops for several years in succession, and, as 
a result, times, with some of them, have been a little 
hard, and it is wisdom on their part to use a little more 
economy than they would in years of plenty and finan- 
cial prosperity, but we are not sure that it is economy 
to cut off any religious advantages as long as it is pos- 
sible to avoid it. There are a great many other things 

that could be dropped with less loss than your church 
paper. 

It is no uncommon thing to hear our ministers, in 
their sermons, say; "The gospel is now being preached 
throughout the whole world, and the heathen of 
all lands are having the gospel preached to them." 
What is meant by this declaration.' Is it true, or is it 
■not.' There is one thing certain about it, and that is, 
the Brethren or Tunker church is not doing the preach- 
ing referred to. The conclusion must be that, if the 
gospel is thus preached, it must be done by other 
churches. And if this is so, we must draw another 
conclusion, and that is, we, as a church, are not doing 
■our duty. These are thoughts that are worthy of our 
consideration, and should stir us up to a duty that has 
been long unattended to. When we learn of others 
forsaking pleasant homes, friends, native land, taking 
their lives in their hands, to bear the glad tidings of 
igospel salvation to heathen lands, our hearts are troub- 
led within us, and we are made to wonder why this is, 
>vhile we, who profess so much, contentedly remain at 
home and risk the conversion of the heathen to others. 
It is one of the unsolvable problems. Who will open 
it? What excuse have we to offer.? 



" How doth the little busy bee. 
Improve each shining hour, 
And gather honey all the day, 
From every open flower." 

This is a part of the task we once committed, and it 
is about as much as our treacherous memory will al- 
low us to retaini There is a truth, however, in it that 
should impress the lesson upon our minds in a way 
that will make it practical. By us, there are many 
shining hours left go by without improving, and much 
sweetness in flowers untouched. We manufacture our 
own clouds, and gulp down the bitter from choice. 
Let us have more sunshine, and accept, with grateful 
hearts, the manna that is so profusely showered upon 
us. 



Prayer is a privilege that we should enjoy more 
than we do. There is a great deal of prayer done, but 
it lacks spirit. We have more reference to the form 
than we have to the real need. It is not nearly as 
much a duty as it is a privilege, and here is where the 
mistake is often made. We form our petitions in the 
shape of a prayer instead of asking God for what we 
really need. It is true, a form of speech is necessary 
to give expression to our wants, but while this is so, 
the expression of our needs should constitute the form. 
If we want help from our fellows, we go to them, in- 
form them of our circumstances, and then ask for what 
we want. So we should go to our Heavenly Father, 
and if we go sincerely, he will hear our plea and grant 
our request. Oh, how blessed is the privilege, and 
how grateful we should be that we have so rich a 
source unto which we can go in every time of need. 
Whatsoever we ask in faith, not doubting, we shall re- 



"OuT of Egypt into Canaan," or lessons in spiritual 
geography, is a new book, edited by Martin Wells 
Knapp, and published by Cranston & Stowe, Cincin- 
nati, Ohio. Tastefully bound in cloth; price, 80 cents. 
After a hasty examination we cannot but express our- 
self being much pleased with the book, and feel sure 
that any one who may have the pleasure of reading it 
will be interested and benefited. From it we make 
the following extract on "Fashion;" " Fashion is the 
Jezebel of all ages. A more exacting oppressor the 
earth never knew. To be able to dress so as to move 
in certain circles, a woman in one of our cities actually 
deprived her children of food and fuel, and thus caused 
their death. To meet the demands of this heartless 
wretch, thousands have sacrificed time, means, honor, 
virtue, and life itself. Her laws are as heartless and 
stringent as the iron codes of the ancients." On many 
of the prominent sins of the times the author speaks as 
one having authority, without showing fear or asking 
favor. 



HOW TO PROCEED. 



Dear Brethren : — 

I will ask a few questions which you will please 
answer through the Messenger. In a congregation 
there are members and those who are not members, 
who are in a rather isolated condition, and want preach- 
ing at different points near them, on the outskirts of 
the district. The matter has been referred to the elder 
in charge, time and again, and he makes no move 
towards having meetings, but rather discourages it by 
saying that it will not amount to anything, etc. Final- 
ly the matter comes before the church council, and the 
church favors having meetings whenever opportunities 
are offered. Still the elder does nothing towards hav- 
ing such meetings. Should the brethren in the second 
degree of the ministry make and fill such appointments, 
when requested to do so.' or have they no such author- 
ity.' A Brother. 

Such, and all similar questions can be disposed of by 
remembering and exercising one grand and uncontro 
vertible truth ; " The creature can not be greater tfian 



the Creator, nor the thing made, greater than the Mak- 
er." All officers of the church, including elders, are 
not self-constituted or self-made. They are the creat- 
ures of the church, and therefore must be subject to 
her decisions. If this church finds the elder at fault, 
she has a right to take his case in charge and see that 
he does the right thing. If the church thinks that 
these people should have preaching, she can say to her 
ministers in the second degree, or even in the first de- 
gree, Go and fill the calls. 

By common consent, elders have a right to make ap- 
pointments and fill them, or have them filled, without 
asking the consent of the church. Ministers in the 
second degree have also this right conceded to them, 
but these rights come from the church and can be 
made subservient to her wishes. An elder who rules 
well, by virtue of his position, should receive honor 
and respect from his co-laborers, who are young in the 
service; they should not make appointments, etc , with- 
out consulting him when it is practicable to do so; and 
when a proper respect is shown, our elders are general- 
ly disposed to do the right thing. Of course, there are 
exceptions, and these should be taken in hand by the 
churches over which they preside. 



PEOPLE FREEZING. 



Our papers are full of accoarils of the ienible bliz- 
zards of the Far West, distressing details of people suf- 
fering, and freezing to death, and as we read them, 
a good, warm feeling runs over us, to think 
that we are not there, and that we have our comforta- 
ble houses, warm rooms, full wardrobes and Avell-filled 
store houses. We naturally shudder at the thought of 
such a cold climate, and, of course, decide that we will 
never, never risk our lot in the land of blizzards. To 
hear of thirty, fifty, or even one hundred persons being 
frozen to death in one territory, is awful. But how 
much worse is it than to be burned to death.' Burned 
to death, you say.' Yes, there are many times that 
many burned to death each year in our own Keystone 
State, and yet there is little said about it. Indeed, none 
think of leaving our State on this account. 

These burning blizzards are far worse than the freez- 
ing ones, as they kill both body and soul. Fuel, 
houses, food and clothing are no protection against 
them. They invade the homes of the rich and poor 
alike; and as the fire takes hold of the subjects, every- 
thing that is desirable in earth and heaven is laid on 
the altar and sacrificed. Religion, morality, home, 
wife and children, — all and everything gradually goes 
until, at last, the victim, in great agony, is consumed. 
This burning blizzard is the Demon Alcohol, which is 
not only allowed to do its dastardly work, but is pro- 
tected by law. The vultures that feed on carrion are 
protected by law that they may consume dead bodies, 
and thus save the land from disease and pestilence, but 
these alcohol vultures that feed on human beings are 
protected that they may destroy and devour the living, 
blast all earthly happiness, and doom their souls to 
eternal woe. " No drunkard shall enter the kingdom 
of heaven." 

If our enterprising men of the Western Territories 
had the power to stay the freezing blizzards from their 
otherwise desirable land, how gladly they would do it! 
The Christian people of the States have the power to 
stay the burning blizzard, — alcohol, and they do it not. 
Oil, ye Christian people, why not.' Why remain quiet 
and dumb while this giant of destruction is slaying our 
sons and daughters by the hundreds and thousands.' 
May the time come, speedily, when the groggeries, 
dram-shops and rum-sellers will be looked upon as 
greater evils than famines and western blizzards. 



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ri-IK aoSPET^ .VIBSSKXGBK- 



Feb. 14, 1888. 



ESS^A^"YS, 



■8ta4j loet.i.w thyself arrioTCvl vinto Givi: a workman. that 
neeJothnoi b« ashsmed. riKhtlj-diTirtiuBthe .'. 
\yorxl i>f Truth." 



'PEACE. BE STILL" 



Or.ce upon a heaving oceaii, 

Rode a bark at cveniiile, 
Whilst the winds in wild commolion. 

Dashed against the vessel's side, 
iesus. sleeping on a pillow, 
Heeded not the raging billow, 
riiough the winds were all abroad, 
Cr.Inilv blept the Son of God. 

In that dark and stormy hour, 

Fearfi-.l inen awoke their Lord : 
Kills, by his sovereign power. 

Calmed the tempest by a word. 
On life's dark and troubled ocean, 
Midst the billows' wild commotion, 
Trembling soul, your Lord is then.-, 
He will listen to your prayer. 

Iesus hears your silent breathing. 

When before his throne you bow. 
Never, never is he sleeping. 

Where he reigns in glory now. 
If the world is dark before thee, 
H its billows, breaking o'er thee, 
All t'ny soul with sorrow fill, 
Hear him saving. " Peace, be still." 

—Selected. 

SOUNDS FaOM THE GOSPEL HARP. 



caut^ed him to " tbiiik more highly of himself 
thau ho ought to think," hence h^ gets ;on 
["the highest key in the gospel scale ( ?), and 
' would not care to drown completely, by liis 
own musical string, all the softer strains (as 
he supposes), his intellectual inferiors. This 
is one dislocation to be lamented. 

Next comes brother 13., he is worse than 
; poor brother A., because he can not preach 
\ and has not found it out yet, and Paul says, 
"Let no man deceive himself," and again, 
•"If a man think himself to be something, 
; when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself." 
: Gal. 6: 3. 

Hence brother B., makes a big sound 
while he thinks he is performing on the gos- 
i pel harp, and, in the absence of a musical 
I ear, vainly imagines that sound is music, — 
f and noise, melody, and the stronger, the bet- 
; ter. 

} Third, we have brother C, on the stand. 
i He refuses to play on his string, because it 
' sounds so differently from B.'s (and he has 
j learned that B. is considered a good player 
by some), that he concludes it would not 



P.V WM. M. LIOX. 



■Ac; well vojr part, fnere all trie honor lies." 

To do this, first get into your proper place. 
Man is poor at his best, but let him get out 
of his true element and the God-given sphere 
designed by his Creator that he should fill, 
and instead of melody and harmony in the 
performance of his part of the tune of life, 
he produces nothing but discord, tending on- 
ly to destroy the beauty of che music made 
by the others. 

How very unpleasant it is to find this die- 
order in the church, and yet with the great- 
est frequency is such the easel 

While the major part of God's children 
may be striving to sound the gospel harp, 
sweetlv and melodiously^ to charm a listen- 
ing world, a few of those who are out of their 
proper element, break the chord and destroy 
the rau.sic, hence, instead of enrapturing and 
causing them to join in with the heavenly 
choir and sounding the chorus of salvation, 
they tuni away with an air which seems to 
sav, "The devil's drum sounds better to us 
than all the harps of heaven on earth." Thus 
the harp suffers at the expense of the harp- 
ers. 

Some one now asks, " Who are those dis- 
located members in the church? fUislocat- 
od because they won't stay where Jesus, the 
Great Leader in the cel8.?tial choir, has de- 
signed to put them. ; We will endeavor, then, 
to locate a few, at least, of those, who, through 
aome evil agency, have gotten outside their 
gospel sphere. 

The greatest trouble of all is confined to 
the ministry and the aspirants thereunto. 

There's brother A., he can preach and he 
knows it, and by degrees the devil has slip- 
ped into him a sufficient amount of self-es- 
teem and love of popularity, and has thus 



while the faithful j^erformer soxmded fojth 
from the heavenly harp " wonderful wordp of 
lile." : ^ ^ 

Looking over the entire number of thdse 
professing to play on the harps of God, what 
diversity, and how many strange and vai-ied 
scenes do we behold ! 

Not confining ourselves longer to those re- 
presenting and misrepresenting God's minis- 
try, we pass over and dwell awhile among 
the residue. One is to be seen here and 
there, stretching forth his eager hand after 
the coveted liberty to play on his harp the 
preacher's tune, and since this privilege is 
not granted, because of lack of qualifications, 
he takes up the song of discontent, hence his 
usefulness is greatly impaired because he is 
not willing to work according to his capacity. 
Again we look around and here are those 
who try to get rid of playing the preacher's 
solo, even when the church has placed the 
authoritative instrument in his hands. Thus 
we hear the same old song as in the begin- 
ning, — man never satisfied, but jumping the 
fence of duty and trying to range over fields 
! charm anybody anyhow; hence he feels like j unauthorized by his Creator, while the infe- 
j hanging his harp on the willow, not knowing rior animals are content to dwell within their 
j that its low, sweet tones caused many to have own natural sphere. God wants us all to 
I joy and melody in their hearts. I sound the gospel harp, no matter w]«o we are 

I Brother D. comes next. He woidd be j or what position we hold. Let every one be 
willing to sound the harp incessantly and j content to act well his own part, 
knows he could make grand music, but he is j Every one can perform best on his own in- 
strument, and as soon as we take up a strange 
one to play on, we may expect to find our- 
selves wanting. 

Again, if we profess to play the gosjjel 
harp, don't let us be playing on it the tunes 
of the devil. Show what you represent by 
sticking to your principles. Heaven would 
soon be hell, if Satan could find entrance 



not going to touch the Avork till he is srrre 
that his legal, spiritual constituents will, in 
return, render him a liberal compensation in 
the form of unrighteous mammon, andtnthe 
shape of " filthy lucre." 

Again we call, and brother E. is before us. 
He strikes the harp, and melodious strains 
burst forth, pleasing the fanciful and tick- 
ling their ear, but as the last sound expires | there. 



the impression dies v.ith it. Why so? Be- 
cause it was all human — no divine,— more 
music than gospel. 

Again v/e call and brotlier E. plays a very 
nice tune, but nobody was moved, because he 
(brother F.), had let one of his " ideals "—a 
moral operator— rob him of his " individual- 
ity." He made the mistake in failing to re- 
cognize Christ as the key-note, but substitut- 



When " the morning stars sang together, 
it is evident that God furnished the music. 
But the devil don't care how many hai'ps you 
have of God, just so you let him keep you in 
miTsic and do the tuning. 

Too many, when they take up their gospel 
harps to play, instead v'>f causing the sons of 
God to shout for joy, thrill by their music 
the Satanic hosts and they do the shouting; 



ing his own choice, taken from the popular i but when we take up the heavenly harp, 
clergy. tuned by the hand of Jesus, and sweep \\\> 

Next we have good old brother G. Many I and down the scale of redemption and sound 
are sore displeased with his music. The | the universal chorue of salvation, the straiji 
tune is so old, the note-book he is using is as | is caught up and received by the intelligences 
old as the gospel itself. He lakes Christ for i of the realms of God, tiius uniting heaven 
his key-note, the entire tune i.s represented and earth, and accelerating that glorious 
by the same note, Christ, the prelude, inter- i time when " the earth will be filled with liis 
lude, chorus,- a?? Christ. Why not give us j knowledge and glory, as the waters that cov- 
something new? Mix in with it enough of | er the sea." 
Christ to make it sound well. Give us that | Union Bridr/e, hid. 
kind of a piece, if you want to convert the 



world. But this good, old player had been 
trained under too good a Master to he thus 
carried away captive by this mighty host that 
so strongly advocated the popular " Te 
Deum'' of modern times. He turns quietly 
away and sounds afresh his harp,— "in sea- 
son and out of season," and though but few 
would listen to his heaveu-born anthem, the 
few who did give ear, were stirred to the 
depth of their souls and were never tired 



BLESSED MEMORY OF THE DEAD. 



J!Y ALLEN A. OBEELIN. 



How we love and cherish tiie last wordsi 
spoken, or the last song sung by the depart- 
ed! How our sympathetic chords vibrato as 
we behold the agony of their dying hour! 
How the tear of joy trickles over the cheek, 
as we think of the grand reunion that awaits 



Feb. U, 1888, 



'HK GOSP^I^T-. 'MKSSE-NCtKR. 



99 



UB far, far above the starry skies, where " con- 
gregations ne'er break up, and Sabbaths have 
no end!" How our bosoms heave with joy, 
as voices of loved ones and songs of the past 
are made to greet our 4'ery ears ! Yes, won- 
derful music, in richness excelling those 
* songs of the past, is breathed back by the 
saints who have safely crossed over. 

Dear reader, did you think, when your 
loved ones were lowered into the narrow 
vault, that the sombre curtain of eternal sep- 
aration was drawn between you? No, no; 
the infidel does not even think so. There is 
a connecting chord between u:^ and them, 
though their bodies be crumbled to dust, by 
which we can have sweet communion with 
the dead. We can understand the vibrations 
on it to say, " Father, mother, sister, brother 
and companion, meet me in heaven!" 

Oh, joyous thought, that we die to live 
again! Dear reader, can we afford to allow 
the lusts of the eye and the pride of life to 
debar us from those we thought we loved so 
well, who are standing upon the evergreen 
shores, and taking a part in that wonderful 
musio? If you do, liov/ can you afford to en- 
gage in sin any longer? Oh, the memory of 
the dead is too sacred! They were our asso- 
ciates in this life, and we do not wish to 
change our associations after death. 

Fredonia, Kans. 

" TEKEL."-Dan. 6 : 27. 



liY W. H. BOWSE!!. 



God displayed his power to the children 
of Israel for a lesson to the world. His deal- 
ings with Israel of old were in a way that 
would in all ages be a guide to the children 
of men, if they would only accept him as 
their teacher. When the children of Israel 
got up laws of their own, God left them to 
themselves, and they ceased to be a peculiar 
people unto him. So it will be with us if we 
formulate laws of our ov/nby which our wor- 
ship of him is regulated. The law by Christ 
permits of but one form of worship, and Je- 
sus gave that form. He obeyed every par- 
ticular of the law, and has told us that he 
was our example. If we transgress the law 
of Jesus Christ by the introduction of hu- 
man-made laws, he Avill surely pu,nish us. 

Many of us have formulated our faith in 
God and our knov/ledge of his law, from 
what others have told us. Surely, if God 
was so strict with Israel in regard to their 
worship, will he not hold us equally account- 
able for the manner in which we worship 
him? He certainly will not accept auy form 
of worship but the correct one. This is just 
what Jesus and his apostles have laid down 
in the Law of Life. Let us weigh ourselves 
by the Word, that we may not be found 
wanting. 

We have no right to our own opinion of 
this law of eternal life. It cost the Son of 
God too much to allow man to trifle with it, 
and we should not tamper with the law nor 
allow any person or church to do so for us, 
beoause God will hold us responsible if his 
law is violated by us, no matter how it is 



brought about. We are all responsible to 
God for ourselves, and must stand a person- 
al judgment in the end. 

Do we cling to God's Law; love and de- 
fend it one-tenth as much as we might and 
should? The answer comes rolling down 
from past ages with a sepulchral, NO. 

Too many are willing to be led by man be- 
cause it just suits their fancy. Oh, for one 
short moment, stop and reflect ! Weigh your- 
selves, or the time will come when you will 
be weighed and found wanting! 

Ignorance will be no excuse. Jesus has 
established the way, and it is so plain and 
simple that a man need not err therein. 
How careful we ought to be that our wor- 
ship of God is guided and governed by the 
law of Jesus Christ! Let us awaken to our 
interest, and work as we never worked be- 
fore; begin at once a prayerful and careful 
study of the laws of eternal life for ourselves, 
and be sure that we are obeying the com- 
mandments of God, and not of men! Let us 
make sure work, and not be mistaken, and 
weigh ourselves daily by the Word of God ! 

North Hampion, Ohio. 

LOVE ONE ANOTHER ! 



BY REUBEN SHROYER. 



While we are traveling through an unseen 
country, and while every setting of the sun 
takes from our probation one day, we are just 
one day nearer to our graves. 

The time of our pilgrimage here on earth 
is very uncertain. Years may be allotted to 
us, or there may be but a moment between 
us and eternity. Surely, it is a serious 
thought, and it may be well for tis to pause a 
moment on our journey, and see whether 
that love is existing between us and our 
brethren that should exist. Let us love one 
another, for certain it is that this world is 
but a dreary waste, — if the star of affection 
is veiled in night, and the heart finds no sym- 
pathetic i^ulse to beat in unison. If that 
love which the Savior manifested toward even 
his enemies can find no place in our bosom, 
hov/ unpleasant and rough is .the path of 
life! But if we possess that love, how hap- 
pily we journey toward the desired heaven! 
God hath made of one blood all nations that 
dwell upon the face of the earth, and shall 
not we, who profess to follow him who is all 
love, associate together as of one common 
family? Ah, my Christian brother, here is 
a thought to dwell upon ! If we can not love 
one another, whom we have seen, how can we 
love God whom we have not seen? How can 
our love be acceptable to him, our Redeem- 
er? There seems to be a duty enjoined up- 
on us who profess to be the disciples of 
Christ, that we love one another and assist 
one another on our way heavenward. 

'By referring to John 14: 34, we have the 
following declaration from Christ himself, 
" A new commandment I give unto you that 
ye love one another, as I have loved you." 
We may flatter ourselves that we obey the 
new commandment, but where is the evi- 
dence? Sinners also love sinners. We may 
love the children of God, as we think, but 



how do we know when we love God? It is 
indeed love for the saint to walk after the 
commandments. 2 John 1: G^ But how do 
we know that we vralk after them in love, 
without the evidence of that love? This love 
is more than ordinary, and, therefore, takes 
more than ordinary evidence to prove it. 

The following is applicable to us and con- 
stitutes the evidence of that love. " Hereby 
perceive we the love of God in this, that he 
laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay 
down our lives for the brethren." 1 John 3: 
16. If the love of God is perceptible in him 
laying down his own life for us, it is also 
perceptible in us, when we lay down our lives 
for the brethren. We can not do this alone 
by keeping the commandments. Who will 
take the apostle's example and step upon the 
platform of the principle that lie worked on? 
This principle you v/ill find in 1 Cor. 8, 
" Wherefore, if meat make my brother to of- 
fend, I will eat no fleph v,'liile the world 
standeth, lest I make my brother to offend." 
The result of violating this principle is, that 
in place of us in honor preferring one anoth- 
er, we, in honor, prefer ourselves, and in 
place of us being children in malice, and 
men in understanding, we are men in malice, 
and children in understanding. 

Some strong Brethren have grossly violat- 
ed the above principle, and, therefore, many 
weak Brethren have partaken of things that 
belong to idols, and, therefore, have become 
an offense. A strong brother may attend a 
place where false doctrine is taught, but by 
the act he may ruin many weak Brethren. 
" When 3'ou sin so against the brethren, you 
sin against Christ," says the apostle. Where 
do we find such as deny themselves, sacrifice 
themselves, by laying down their lives for 
the Brethren? 

In conclusion let me say, My CLristian 
brother and sister; ought we not to have a 
kindly feeling, — a feeling of love and friend- 
ship toward all who are endeavoring to walk 
in the path of righteousness? Let us love 
one another, though some of us that are 
bound together by Christian ties are sepa- 
rated far from each other, though mountains 
rise, and rivers roll between, yet the same 
love and faith will lead us onv.ard and up- 
ward to the haven of eternal life. 

Pierce, Ohio. 

A FRIENDLY REVIEW. 



BY ,S. S. MOHLEB. 

In No. 1, current volume, page 11, the fol- 
lowing questions were submitted to Bro. J. 
H. INIoore for explanation, because they are 
statements in his description of the Brethren 
church, on page 770, last volume, viz.: (a) 
" Faith changes the heart;" (b) " Piepentance 
is a change of conduct;" (c) " Faith comes 
first in order before repentance.'' 

These statements occur where he gives the 
conditions of salvation, and those for the re- 
mission of sins, and, I presume, in Bro. 
Moore's mind, he gave the statement that 
" faith precedes repentance," prominence, be- 
cause it expresses a friendly criticism by 



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Feb. 14, 18^. 



him, prirately, on some of the work approved 
by the Tract Examiniug Committee, in which 
the writer places repentance before faith. 
Now to his criticism there is no objection, as 
it was respectful to the Committee, and as it 
has assumed that form, this gave rise to a 
desire for a more extended explanation of the 
points alluded to, which appears on page 67, 
current volume, under the hand of Bro. J. 
H. M. I cannot say that his explanations are 
clear or satisfactory. They are too general, 
— not specific, and therefore fail. 

In the answer to the first question, page 
67, in the following paragraphs, he so inter- 
mingles faith and repentance, that while he 
aims to show a distinction he really makes 
no diflference between them, since all he says 
in exposition of " faith," he, in substance, 
repeats in trying to define repentance. 

It does not strike me favorably to call the 
inception of a work by a certain name and 
then call a fuller development of the same 
work by a difi"erent name, and yet it appears 
to me that Bro. J. H. M. did that very thing 
in the explanation he offers on faith and on 
repentance. 

On trying to show that faith precedes re- 
pentance in conversion, he falls into the very 
common error of confounding the meaning 
of the words belief and faith, and makes 
them mean the same, whereas they possess 
two distinct elements. Faith expresses, — 
because it is, — a condition of salvation. Be- 
lief is simply an act of the understanding 
and does not necessarily extend beyond an 
assent of the mind to any given proposition, 
while faith is more than that. It is an act- 
ive, moving principle of the mind, and im- 
pels to action. See Gal. 5: 6, "But faith 
which worketh by love." Let it be borne in 
mind thnt the faith under consideration is 
that faith which constitutes a condition of 
salvation. 

Belief in the existence of a Supreme Being 
is universal, but this is not faith because the 
pervading element of faith is trust. Belief 
is an assent of the mind to a fact, without, 
necessarily, involving or expressing any 
personal interest in that fact. This is shown 
by many who believe in the existenceof God, 
and yet live and die sinners. If such a be- 
lief may be called faith, it is a dead faith, 
therefore is not that faith under considera- 
tion. 

Repentance is forming the purpose to turn 
from sinning to holiness. It is not the actu- 
al turning, but it supposes it. Conversion is 
the actual turning. When we read Acts 3: 
19, " Repent and be converted," we have ex- 
pressed both the motive to turn and the act. 
The word "reformation" possesses both 
meanings. Faith presents the object to 
which to turn and trust, whether that object 
be Christ, Moses, or any other proposed de- 
liverer, according as the person is taught. 
His trust in his choice he makes the condition 
of his deliverance, whether he secures it or 
not. Turning to Christ is the result of faith 
in him as the only deliverer whom sinners 
may trust, and which, from necessity, be- 
comes a condition of their salvation. 

But who turns to Christ for deliverance 
except such who realize their need of it? 



Who realizes this need except the convicted 
sinner? "Godly sorrow worketh repent- 
ance," or, in other words, godly sorrow begets 
the purpose to turn from a life of sin, the 
source of sorrow, to a life of holiness, their 
source of hope. Paul, in his ministry of sal- 
vation, testified " repentance toward God and 
faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ" in the 
sense of taking hold on Christ, as the 
drowning man, conscious of his peril, lays 
hold of the strength of another man by tak- 
ing hold of the means the man ofi'ers to save 
him. But would he so lay hold of him while 
unconscious of his danger? No. Godly 
sorrow is the deep, conscious sense of dan- 
ger, threatening the sinner, which produces 
the resolve to turn from its source to Christ 
as the only Deliverer. My candid impression 
is, had Peter on Pentecost directed the con- 
victed Jews to be baptized in the name of the 
prophet Isaiah, or of Moses, and put their 
trust in either of them, they would have com- 
plied, but Jesus was the only Savior, and 
Peter would have them put their trust in 
him, and the evidence of their faith in Christ 
is the fact that they were baptized in his 
name, /. e., by his authority. These troubled 
Pentecostians did not know in what direction 
to turn for deliverance from their guilt, until 
they realized their own helplessness. The 
faith which they exercised in Christ at this 
juncture, — following their hopeless guilt, — 
is not to be understood as peculiar to them 
alone. Their faith in Christ as a Deliverer 
for them from their guilt, and their bap- 
tism in his name is the evidence of their 
faith, which to them was the condition of 
their salvation. In like manner, in all cases, 
at the same important crisis, the conscious 
sinner, the helpless and perplexed sinner, by 
faith in Christ as his hope of deliverance, 
lays hold of him in the use of the appointed 
baptism for pardon and acceptance with God. 

To call " belief," in the existence of God, 
or any state of mind preceding this point, — 
preceding conscious guilt before God, "faith" 
is to speak or write in a way calculated to so 
broaden out an important element of salva- 
tion as to cause to lose sight of the specific 
oflices of Christ in reclaiming souls to God, 
as also to obscure the sense in which the 
means of the gospel in their effect are to be 
understood, which always operate in " per- 
fect accord with the construction of the hu- 
man mind," and besides this, it is irreconcil- 
able with Mark 1: 15; Acts 20: 21; Heb. 6: L 

That a belief in the existence and charac- 
ter of God is a necessary foundation from 
which godly sorrow, repentance, faith, con- 
version, etc., must proceed, is readily admit- 
ted, but the thing objected to is, to call this 
precious state of mind " the faith," which 
constitutes one of the conditions of salvation. 
To say that, as one of these conditions, it 
comes first in order, before repentance, would 
be as if I should call a child's primer, which 
contains only the letters of the alphabet, a 
reader, Avhereas it serves only as a founda- 
tion to the reader. In the same sense this 
belief in the existence of God serves as a 
foundation to godly sorrow, repentance and 
faith, and as a foundation it remains. It is 



not transferred into the faith which saves, 
however much it may be made to contribute 
towards it. This view does not set aside all 
personal interest in the Father. It only af- 
firms, it is by the Son J by faith in him, that 
we come to God; as all things are committed 
to the Son, until God shall be all in all. 
In the exercise of faith toward our Lord Je- 
sus Christ, there is excluded whatever is not 
of faith, and the sin of faithless acts is also 
excluded. 



EMULATION. 



BY D. E. PRICE. 



The first definition of emulation given by 
Webster is, " The act of attempting to equal 
or excel in qualities or actions, rivalry, desire 
of superiority, attended with eflPorts to attain 
it; ambition to equal or excel. 2. Competi- 
tion; contest; contention; strife." 

The Avord only occurs twice in the Bible; 
once in Rom. 11: 14, and once in Gal. 5: 20. 
In Galatians it is classed among the works 
of the flesh, and numbered among those 
things which will prohibit us from inherit- 
ing the kingdom of God. 

I have observed the workings of the spirit 
of emulation, more or less, for a number of 
years, even when I was yet in my childhood. 
I regard it as the foiindation of all sin and 
wickedness. It was this spirit that prompted 
Satan to be dissatisfied with his situation in 
heaven, and caused him to aspire after a 
higher position. Finally he was disinherit- 
ed and cast out of heaven. 

Afterwai'd, when God created man in his 
own image, and placed him in the beautiful 
garden, and gave him a law to test his fideli- 
ty, Satan came to him in the form of a ser- 
pent and infused the same spirit into him, 
or rather into w^oman. Hear his reasoning: 
" And the serpent said unto the woman. Ye 
shall not surely die: for God doth know that 
in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes 
shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, 
knowing good and evil." 

We see by the above quotation, that it was 
through a desire to become wise, and be as 
gods (or equal to God ) that they were 
caused to tranegress the law of God. By 
this they fell under sin and all of its dread- 
ful consequences. Now man, like Satan, 
through yielding to the spirit of pride and 
exaltation, was banished from the presence 
of the Lord, and was without hope. He on- 
ly had a faint promise of a Savior. Howev- 
er, in due time, that Savior came, and taught 
and exemplified, quite an opposite spirit to 
that of emulation, in that of hnmilit}'. He 
said: "He that exalteth himself shall be 
abased, but he that humbleth himself shall 
be exalted." 

This spirit of superiority has been the 
cause of nearly all the national and individu- 
al difficulties in the world; millions upon 
millions of human beings have been sacri- 
ficed through its unhallowed influence. Both 
ancient and modern history are only a repe- 
tition of the fruits of the same abominable 
spirit. 

What a blessing it would be to the Christian 



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religion if this spirit were confined to the po- 
litical world, but to our sorrow we see it too 
frequently manifest itself among professed 
Christians. This is the same spirit of which 
Paul prophesied, in 2 ThesB. 2: 4, where he 
speaks of the man of sin who would be re- 
vealed in his time, — " Who opposeth and ex- 
alteth himself above all that is called God, 
or that is worshiped, so that he as God sit- 
teth in Ihe temple of God, showing himself 
that he is God." In after ages we find the 
fulfillment of this prophecy when the Pope 
of Eome assumed the supreme authority ov- 
er both the church and state, and claimed 
the prerogative to change the law of God. 
The following consequence was, the horrors 
of the inquisition were visited upon those 
who would not subscribe to his ungodly de- 
mands. 

We do not need to go to the Komish church 
to find this spirit, but we find it too preva- 
lent in our own beloved Brotherhood. How 
often do we hear and see those who are 
placed in authority (and, probably, they 
have not obtained the position by fair and 
honest means), assume the ruling power, or 
"lord it over God's heritage." In order for 
the church to be successful she must retain 
the ruling power, and she should never per- 
mit herself to be tyrannized by the one man 
power. (When I speak of the " church," I 
mean, more particularly, the united Brother- 
hood. ) To our sorrow we see too many as- 
piring after position in the church, and, as a 
general rule, in church or state, those who 
aspire after position have not the qualifica- 
tions to fill it when obtained, and very often 
bring reproach on themselves and the church. 
But some one may be ready to reply, Does 
not Paul say, " If a man desireth the office of 
a bishop, he desireth a good work ? " Though 
it is a good work, he does not say it is good 
to desire it. I believe it is the duty of every 
member of the church to qualify himself for 
any and every office in the church, if possi- 
ble, and then, when the church wants officers 
to carry on the work, she will have plenty of 
material to select from. There is quite a dif- 
ference between laboring for qualifications 
to fill any position in church or state, and 
seeking the position itself. 

When a person is fully under the influence 
of the spirit of emulation, he is not satisfied 
as long as he sees any one in advance of him, 
and he will use every means, whether lawful 
or unlawful, in his power to accomplish his 
purpose. 

This manifests itself in two ways. First, 
in those who are in supreme authority, by a 
continual uneasinesSj lest others may also 
climb to the same pinnacle of fame. Very 
often, in the political world, such have been 
placed in the hottest of the battle, in order to 
get them out of their way ; and in the church 
sometimes everything is done to destroy the 
influence of opponents. Second, by those 
who are occupying a more humble position, 
but are not satisfied, and try to build them- 
selves up by laboring to destroy the influ- 
ence and reputation of others whp are in ad- 
vance of them ; however they very seldom 
succeed, or, at most, only for a time, and then 



" fall into the ditch they have prepared for 
another." — Solomon. 

But should we succeed in this life in car- 
rying out our own selfish purposes, what will 
it profit when we come before the great judg- 
ment seat, where the secrets of all hearts will 
be made manifest? Hence, in conclusion, I 
exhort that we all do as the apostle Paul did, 
though we should be tempted in that direc- 
tion, " Keep under our bodies, and bring 
them into subjection; lest that by any means, 
when we have preached to others, we our- 
selves should be cast away." 

Ml Morris, III. 

PREACHERS' LIBRARY. 



A FEW more volumes have been added to 
the Library which we this week announce. 
Bro. E. A. Orr, of Philadelphia, has present- 
ed to the Library a little volume entitled, 
" In the Volume of the Book," by Geo. F. 
Pentecost. It is a book that every minister 
should read. It tells just what the Bible 
was given us for, and how to use it. The 
postage on this volume is only six cents. No 
doubt Bro. Orr gave it with a view of help- 
ing some of his co-laborers, and we shall be 
glad to send it (subject to the Regulations 
of the Library), to any minister who may ap- 
ply. We have another valuable book, enti- 
tled, "A Manual of Bible History in Connec- 
tion with the General History of the World," 
by Wm. G. Blaikie, of Scotland. There is 
no better work of the kind published. We 
also have a small volume which had not 
heretofore been announced, entitled "The 
Still Hour," by Austin Phelps. It is an ex- 
cellent little work on prayer, and should be 
read by every member of our Fraternity. 
Watch for our announcement in next week's 
issue of the Messenger. Address orders for 
books to Jas. M. Nefp, Sec, B. E. C, Mt. 

Morris, 111. 

ii i p ■ — 

LONE STAR ECHOES. 

BY A. W. VANIMAN. 

In G. M. No. 1, page 2, we find some com- 
ments on Matthew 18, which I fear are some- 
what misleading, if I understand the writer 
properly. He says, " Christian professors 
who, by false doctrine or scandalous conduct, 
become a snare or cause of stumbling to oth- 
ers, to the destruction of their souls, come 
under the condemnation of this Scripture. 
Nothing can be farther from the truth than 
that if a brother hurts my feelings, he has 
offended me in the sense of this Scripture." 

The Savior says, " If thy brother sin 
against thee " (not offend or cause to stum- 
ble), and it does seem to me that the offenses 
mentioned before, in verse 7, have no connec- 
tion with this personal transgression. I pre- 
sume all will readily admit that there is a 
difference between public and private trans- 
gressions: but if false teaching and scanda- 
lous conduct are private transgressions, I 
can hardly see any chance for public ones. 

Again, reason would teach that if I were 
caused to stumble by a false doctrine or scan- 
dalous conduct, I would not be likely to go 
to the brother and say, " You must stop this. 



for you are ruining me." I would be the 
last one to go and tell him his fault. If a 
brother wrongs another, does he not hurt his 
feelings? While we may " let our feelings 
stick out too far," and often have them hurt 
without occasion, this does not prove that 
the Savior did not refer to private, personal 
wrongs. 

It is often that one imagines a wrong where 
none is intended, but if the offended will take 
the Savior's advice, nil can soon be reconciled. 
The mntter need not be talked around, which 
is too much the case, and would be still more 
so, if it were not for this rule laid down by 
Christ. 

The apostolic writings give full directions 
for treating such cases as false teaching and 
scandalous conduct, while Matt. 18: 15-18 
refers to a different matter, I think; and I 
fear the idea that such offenses as named 
above are covered by the Scripture read to 
applicants for baptism, is dangerous in its 
tendency. It seems to me that the view 
held by our Brethren generally, is the cor- 
rect and safe one. Let private transgres- 
sions be settled by this rule, but public sins 
cannot be settled by two brethren alone. 

Post Oak, Tex. 



SOCIABILITY. 



Mankind wants society. Many a person 
could be brought from sinful associations, if 
there were a ready door opened. We must 
lead the world to see that there is, in the 
church, sufficient attractive force of a social 
nature to satisfy this craving of the human 
heart, without having to go into other rela- 
tions and places in order to obtain it. This 
is a broad field for thought— just how to act 
so as to please God. 

The church should show to the world that 
here, in Gods family, are hearts and hands 
of friendship, and joyous gladness for all — 
that here " the rich and poor meet together; 
the Lord is the Maker of them all." We 
should endeavor to make all men happier. 
How lonely is life, cut off from society- the 
life of the stranger — leaving home associa- 
tions; every company reminds them of the 
past. These should be carefully visited by 
members of the chui'ch, to show them the 
earnestness of the Christian heart to promote 
their social interest, and to lead them to Je- 
sus — and that we are really endeavoring to 
become a benefit to them. We are not to 
live as strangers in this world. Do not live 
for self. Do not be afraid of being contami- 
nated by coming in contact with the poor. 
Take the first opportunity to welcome them 
to the church and Sunday-school. Let them 
know that if in sickness or other trouble, 
they have a friend in the church of Jesus. 
This will popularize the church and the 
cause of God much more rapidly with men 
than to stand forever and talk of salvation 
alone. We believe there are beauties, bene- 
fits and graces in the church to win the 
heart of the world to its truths and member- 
ship. Remember, we are each a part of that 
church, and that we are to hold up those 
truths, beauties and graces in our lives. 



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Feb. 14, 188a. 



THE CHRISTIAN SABBATH. 



UV .1. J. HOOVE}{. 



On what gronnds uo the Christians ob- 
serve the first day of the week as a time for 
religious assemblies? How aud wheu did 
the custom of so distinguishiug it begin? 
To these questions ver} diflereut answers 
have been given. 

It is the mind of many, as well as our own, 
that a change of worshiping on the seventh 
day of the week, to that of the first, took 
place the day Christ rose from the dead. 
Mark 16: 1. 2'. Luke 24: 1, 6; John 20: 1. 

From the best accvfiints we can get, both 
sacred and profane, the first day of the week 
has been held sacred ever since. By refer- 
ring to John 20: 19-23, Ave find the disciples 
had assembled in the evening, on the very 
day Christ rose from the dead; and while be- 
ing thus assembled, Jesus came and stood in 
their midst, and gave them a short address. 
Hence we have a short season of worshii^ on 
the first day of the week. By referring to 
the 26th verse of the same chapter, we find 
that one week later, on the first day of the 
week, the disciples had assembled again, and 
•Jesus came and stood in their midst and 
gave them another address. From this we 
learn that weekly meetings had become es- 
tablished among the apostles just after the 
resurrection, on the first day of the week, 
and Christ was their minister. 

Just before the ascension, Jesus told his 
disciples to tarry in the city of Jerusalem 
until they be endowed with power from on 
high. Luke 24: 49. "They were all with 
one accord in one place," and patiently tar- 
ried for the space of ten days, " and when 
the day of Pentecost was fully come," they 
were " endued with power from on high." 
This occurred on the first day of the week. 
The time of the Pentecostal festival was cal- 
culated from the 16tli of Nisan. The law 
prescribe.s that a reckoning should be kept 
from the " morrow after the Sabbath " to the 
"morrow after the completion of the seventh 
week," which, of course, would be on the fif- 
tieth day. Lfi\. 2-3: 15, 16. The morrow 
after the Sabbath is the first day of the week, 
and on that day Christ rose from the dead; 
and reckoning time beginning with the res- 
urrection to the morrow after the comple- 
tion of the seven weeks, brings Pentecost on 
the first day of the week. On this first day 
of the week, the ap^ostles, by the command 
of Christ, commenced preaching the gospel 
to every creature. 

The assembling of the primitive cihurch 
for public worship was on the first day of 
the week. Acts 20: 7; 1 Cor. 16: 1. The 
resurrection of Christ on the first day of the 
week constituted that day the Lord's day, 
(Kev. 1: 10) and met the prophecy of it 
fPs. 118: 24) to complete fulfillrx^ent. 

The work of creation was finished ou the 
sixth day fGen. 1: 31); the work of redemp- 
tion was finished on the sixth day ( John 19: 
30); Christ was crucified on the sixth day. 
All of the seventh day he was in the grave. 
The seventh-day Sabbath, was buried with 
him, and rernains buried, for he rose from 



the dead on the first day of the week, and 
wheu the seventh day Sabbath was past, the 
first day of the week is then the Christian 
Sabbath day. The seventh day Sabbath was 
intimately associated with the law which 
regulated the Jewish priesthood. That 
priesthood is abolished, and therefore their 
Sabbath day is abolished also. Heb. 7: 12. 
Marlboro, Ohio. 

PREDESTINATION.-No. 3. 



iU" r.. C. MOOM.WV. 



The Scrijjtures do teach a doctrine of pre- 
destination, not, indeed, the theological dog- 
ma which goes by that name, but a very clear 
and definite statement of, an election of saints 
which dates from the remote ages of a past 
eternity. 

In so many words, as quoted in the first 
chapter of this series, the apostle of the 
Gentiles declared our " predestination," — 
" God hath from the beginning chosen us to 
salvation." "Being predestinated according 
to the purpose of him who worketh all 
things after the counsel of his own will." 
" For whom he did foreknow them did he 
also predestinate." 

Again, there ai-e other Scriptures which 
very strongly assert that this election of 
some and reprobation of others had its ori- 
gin solely in the sovereign will of God, such 
as the following: " Born not of the will of 
man, nor the will of the flesh, but of the will 
of God." " He will have mercy upon whom 
he will have mercy, and whom he will he 
hardeneth." " So then it is not of him that 
willeth or of him that runneth, but of God 
that showeth mercy." "Hath not the potter 
power over the clay of the same luiiip to 
make one vessel unto honor aud another un- 
to dishonor?" How shall we explain these 
mysteries? Where shall we find the key 
which can unlock them to our understand- 
ing? 

There is just one word in the very begin- 
ning of the formal statement of this doc- 
trine which gives us the light we are seek- 
ing, " For whom he did /ore/cnoR', them did 
he also piedestinate." God's infallible fore- 
knowledge is the key to all this great mys- 
tery, as we shall presently see. Now we di- 
rect special attention to the point that this 
foreknowledge of God, in relation to our 
subject, must be understood ■ in a special 
sense. Either it has reference to the exist- 
ence or to the charader of his creatures. If 
it is to be understood in reference to the fact 
of their existence,- -the mere fact of their 
coming into the world, then there could be 
no difference between any of them, and all 
would receive predestination to salvation. 
But this we know is not the case. This fore- 
knowledge, then, has reference to the charac- 
ter of those who received the decree of pre- 
destination as differentiated from those 
whose persistently rebellious state of the 
will, or hardness of heart precluded the pos- 
sibility of their conversion and salvation. 
" Whom he did foreknow " is a form of state- 
ri^ent which involves the inference that in 



the sense intended he foreknew not all, but 
only a part of the human family. This view 
is confirmed by the result, for only a part of 
the human family has, in any sense, received 
the election of grace. Knowing the end 
from the beginning, he foresaw Avith per- 
fect clearness the exact character of every 
man and woman, and knew infallibly who 
would accept his service, and believe on his 
Son, or who Avould deliberately and finally 
reject his authority, and despise his grace. 

He had created man's Avill absolutely free, 
aud was able to tell what would be the delib- 
erate and final decision of that will, in every 
creature, Avhen it came in contact with the 
divine and supreme will. Upon this fore- 
knowledge he based the solemn act of desti- 
ny and doom. Let us use a simple illustra- 
tion. Suppose, while I am planting a young 
and tender vine, I should be suddenly gifted 
with a measure of foreknowledge which 
would enable me to tell, with perfect certain- 
ty, years in advance, which of the branches 
of that vine would bear fruit, and which 
would be barren. With this foreknowledge 
to guide me, I could then and there appoint 
the barren branches to destruction, and elect 
the fruitful ones to remain. 

Were the branches endowed with a free 
will of their own, and should deliberately re- 
fuse to bear fruit, I would be still more in- 
clined to cut them oflf. Now this is exactly 
the kind of foreknowledge and predestina- 
tion taught in this Scripture. From the re- 
mote ages of eternity God foresaw and fore- 
knew which of the branches of the human 
vine Avould be fruitful or unfruitful, and de- 
creed the salvation of the one and the de- 
struction of the other. This does not imply, 
however, that those who received this elec- 
tion, merited or deserved it by any predis- 
position to receive it, but simply that this 
state of mind, — this willingness to yield to 
the persuasion of the Holy Spirit, made sal- 
vation possible for them. Potentially, the 
will is the same in the unconverted as in the 
converted man. He may be spiritually 
dead, but his will is not dead. It is very 
much alive, and able to act. It may not be 
able to accept the offer of grace without di- 
vine assistance, but it is abundantly able to 
make an honest effort to do so. Here hinges 
the possibility of salvation, and right at this 
point lies the ground or reason of predesti- 
nation. " True, it is not of him that willeth 
or of him that runneth, but of God that 
showeth mercy." But this only means that 
no man, merely by his own Avill, or by his 
own unaided exertions, can secure the par- 
don of his sins or the salvation of his soul. 
He must have, at every step, the assistance 
of God's grace; but in his will lies the poicer 
to resist that grace, and to refuse that as- 
sistance. 

There is another theory of predestination, 
recently advanced, which bears the nature of 
a compromise between the others. It classi- 
fies the redeemed as follows: 

1. The " little flock," or bride of the Lamb, 
which shall share his throne and his divine 
glory. None of the saints may rise to this 
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God's sovereign will alone, and they embrace 
but a small part of the whole number. 

2. The guests of the marriage, — the great 
multitude which no man can number, stand- 
ing round about the throne (not sitting on 
it as the elect bride). These are as the an- 
gels, spiritual, immortal, and any^uay reach 
this dignity who choose to do so, and make 
an earnest and diligent use of all the means 
of grace. 

3. A still greater number who shall re- 
ceive im immortality in the liesh, perfect 
and holy as Adam was before the fall. These 
shall be called the least in the kingdom of 
heaven, because of their lack of consecra- 
tion, earnestness and perfect obedience dur- 
ing the time of probation. Nor shall they 
be allowed to enter the heavenly world, but 
will probably inhabit thene\v«arth in which 
dwelleth righteousness. But while all this 
may have some foundation in truth, it must 
be regarded as more or less speculative. We 
are not justified in receiving anything as the 
exact truth which is not supported by the 
Word, agreeable to the most reasonable in- 
te)pretation thereof. If the views upon the 
subject of predestination, which we have 
drawn from that Word, involve other doc- 
trines, such as the final preservation of the 
saints, there would be nothing in such a doc- 
trine but consolation to all who have good 
reason to believe that they are the children 
of God. 

I seriously doubt whether any one ever 
falls from grace when that grace is under- 
stood in the sense of a real conversion, and 
a personal indwelling of the Holy Ghost. 
Those who fall, fall for the want of grace. 
When once we are in the Father's hand, 
there is none that is able to pluck us out. 
Backslidings there may be among those who 
are really converted, but " though they fall 
they shall rise again.'' Yea, they shall 
stand, "for God is able to make them stand." 
Now to every one of us comes this solemn 
personal question, What is God's decree con- 
cerning my soul? Looking back into the 
vast mysterious archives of a past eternity, 
we ask, In what book of fate is my name 
written? He alone who is infinite kneAv 
from the beginning Avhat the end Avould be. 
'And as the coming eternity looms dark to 
our feeble vision, is it dreadful with the por- 
tents of doom, or does the bright bow of 
promise span the bosom of the cloud? None 
who shall be lost are concerned about any of 
these questions. Oh, anxious soul, love 
holds out to thee the olive branch of peace! 



PLAIN TALKS. 



BY .J. B. LAIK. 



The minister, like everybody else, is just 
as good as he makes himself; he is just as 
good as other people if he does as well, but 
the simple fact of a man being a minister 
does not make him any better, and here is 
where there is often a great mistake made. 
Some men seem to think because they are 
ministers they are better than other people, 
and they are vain enough to boast of it- If 



it is wrong to be vain about anything, it is 
wrong for ministers to be vain, too, and I do 
not know but it is worse for them, for it is' 
expected of them that they should do better, 
and set examples for other people; but when 
they lead off in a wrong, what can be expect- 
ed of others? When a minister does wrong, 
people soon lose confidence in him, and then 
his ministry is a failure. No minister can 
do good unless he has the confidence of the 
people. 

Then again, some ministers feel too im- 
portant, — self-important; they seem to think 
themselves masters, when indeed they are 
only servants, — servants of the church in- 
stead of its' Master. The church has chosen 
the minister to serve her, and not to rule ov- 
er her, but there are a great many ministers 
who do not know this yet. Some ministers, 
too, are aspirants. They aspire to more than 
they are able to attain, and consequently be- 
come discouraged, and not infrequently are 
led to abandon their calling, and are ruined, 
while otherwise they might have made use- 
ful men in their calling. If ministers just 
knew enough to abide their time, all the hon- 
ors that they are deserving of w^ould overtake 
them, b\it when they become over-desirous 
for honors, and ambitious to become sovie- 
body, they get on the road to ruin and disas- 
ter. 

Again, some ministers never learn any- 
thing after they are called to the ministry. 
They seem to be vain enough to think that 
since they are ministers they know it all. 
They seem to think that the congregation is 
their own property — that they are entitled to 
a hearing, and the congregation must listen 
whether interested or not. Many ministers 
study hard lohat to say, but never think how 
/o lell if. They have never learned yet that 
it is quite as important how a thing is told 
as wJiat is told. 

Again, there is another class of ministers 
who seem to put all their trust in the Lord 
for what they must preach, and I remember 
when I first began to preach, brethren would 
tell me to put my trust in the Lord for my 
success in preaching. Now I believe as 
much as anybody in trusting the Lord, but I 
am of the opinion that," had these brethren 
told me to apply myself to the Word, study 
it both day and night, until I became profi- 
cient in it, it would have done me more good. 
The Lord helps them that help themselves, 
in the ministry, the same as he does in tem- 
poral things. The man that would neither 
sow nor reap, but trust the Lord for food and 
raiment, would not get on very well in this 
world, neither can the man who does not 
read and study, expect to make a success of 
the ministry. 

It is a very common fault in ministers to 
use terms and phrases and words that are 
very much out of place. For instance, some 
ministers divide their subjects into so many 
heads that they have no shoulders to put 
them on. Others tell what they are going to 
say, to such an extent that they get no time 
to preach, and consequently the sermon is a 
failure, and the congregation is disappointed. 

There is still another weakness of some 



ministers that I must not pass by, — the hab- 
it of using the weed. It is about the most 
unseemly thing that a minister can do, while 
attempting to teRch others to be good. A 
man that is a slave to such a filthy habit is 
most assuredly not eligible to the oflice of a 
minister. It seems to me that such men 
ought to voluntarily quit preaching, until 
they can conquer their own lusts. It is a 
wrong to tolerate a wrong, and it is right to 
do right, and the church ought to do right 
in that particular as w-ell as in other things. 
How can a man preach freedom when he 
himself is a slave to his lusts? 



ETERNAL LIFE. 



BY .JOSHUA S. DORSE Y. 

Neakly all persons believe in a God, and 
I a very large majority hope, in some way or 
I other, to obtain eternal life. I fear, however, 
i many will be disappointed, because they 
i have not built on a proper foundation, which 
j is Jesus Christ. If you are a jDrofessed 
Christian, you can be more perfect by being 
more like Christ, for if Ave have not the spir- 
it of Christ, we are none of his. 

I Avish you to read the Bible m order to 
find out Avhat is meant by the " Spirit of 
Christ," because it is not every one that 
says, "Lord, Lord," that shall inherit the 
kingdom of Heaven, but he that " doeih the 
Avill of my Fed her." 

We must submit to the teachings of the 
Bible although it condemn us. We must 
ask God to help us through the merits 
of his Son, and then try continually to act 
and speak right that A\'e may gro\v in these 
things that are most acceptable in the sight 
of the Lord, so as to have a conscience A'oid 
of off"ense toAvard God and man. There 
should be a constant growth in our religious 
life. He Avho, by self-examination, finds 
that he does not groAv, has reason to fear that 
he may lose that inheritance Avhicli God, the 
Judge, shall give us in that day, if Ave have 
been faithful to the end. 

But Avhat shall the sinner do to inherit 
eternal life? He must study the Bible, with 
earnest prayer to God, to help him to find 
out Avhat are the conditions of salvation. He 
should ask himself Avhether he belieA-es them 
to be true, and is Avilling to accept them, and 
obey them to the fullest extent of his ability. 
After he has done what he can, and is sorry 
for the sins he has committed, God is always 
willing to receiA-e him, and make him one of 
his children. Let us all, both Christian and 
sinner, take courage, and press forward to 
that land Avhere sickness and sorroAv neA'er 
come, and where avo can live forever w4th the 
Lord! 

S13 N. Howard St., Baltimore, Md. 

PliAYER is the ladder on w^hich contrition 
and gratitude climb GodAvard and on which 
descend grace and strength. On the golden 
rounds 'twixt earth and heaA'en Avaiting an- 
gels stand, carrying the myrrh and frankin- 
cense heavenward and bringing down gifts 
to men. 



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i^eb. H 1888. 



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and misonderstanding 



During the labors of Bro. Levi Holsinger, 
in the Lower Fall church, Ind., twelve souls 
were added to the church by baptism. 



; Bro. C. C. Ellis, of Eiver, lud., under 
j date of Jan. 2, writes: " There is joy among 
! the saints. The ranks of Satan have been 
j broken. Five came forward last night, and 
I many more are counting the cost. Bro. 
Samuel Murray, at this writing, is very low." 



Bro. j. C. Murray closed his labors with 
I the Brethren of the West Branch church, 
i 111., on Wednesday, Feb. 1. One soul united 
i with the church by baptism, and the mem- 
i bers were much built up in the most holy 
faith. Bro. Murray, after preaching a ser- 
mon on Saturday, Feb. 4, at the College 
Chapel, left for the Yellow Cerek church. 



Mount Morris, III. 



Feb. 14, 1888. 



During the labors of Bro. Silas Hoover in 
the Mt. Pleasant church, Ohio, five souls 
were added to the church by baptism. 



Thb address of Bro. John Harshbai'ger, 
after March 1, will be changed from Augusta, 
Butler Co., Kans., to Jeffersonville, Wayne 
Co., 111. The address of Bro. D. D. Markley 
'will also be changed as given above. 

Bro. Eli Sutphix, Girard, Macoupin Co., 
111., wishes to obtain the address of some 
brother located in Indian Territory, for the 
purpose of correspondence. We hope some 
one will furnish the desired information. 



Bed. Frank J. Evans writes of an interest- 
ing series of meetings held by Bro, J. M. 
Mohler, for the Brethren at Lancaster City, 
Pa., from Dec. 20 to Jan. 1. One soul came 
out on the Lord's side, and deep impressions 
•were made on others. 



Bbo. C. S. Holsinger commenced a series 
of meetings with the Brethren of the Pigeon 
Creek church, 111., Jan. 16. So far, eight 
preciouh souls have enlisted under the ban- 
ner of King Emmanuel, and others are ex- 
pected to follow, in the near future. 



Bro. Andrew Hutchison commenced an 
interesting series of meetings at the College 
Chapel, on Thursday evening, Feb. 2. Up to 
the date of going to press (Feb. 9), one soul 
had made the good confession, and others 
seem deeply impressed regarding "the one 
thing needful," leading us to hope for good 
results in the near future. 



Ak interesting series of meetings is re- 
ported by Bro. B. F. Moomaw, as having oc- 
curred in the southern part of the Botetourt 
congregation, Ya. Bro. S. F. Sanger, of 
Brjdgewater, Ya., conducted the meetings, 
and seven souls expressed a desire to walk 
with the people of God. 

At some meetings held near Hylton, Floyd 
Co., Ya., eighteen souls were added to the 
church. Brethren Harvey Weddle, C. D. 
Hylton and J. Slusher conducted the meet- 
ings. During the past winter fifty-seven 
souls identified themselves with the congre- 
gation in the above locality. 



Bro. Wm. M. Lyon, in " Sounds from the 
Gospel Harp," admonishes us, not to be 
" playing the tunes of the devil while pro- 
fessing to play on the gospel harp." This is 
striking at the very root of modern liberalism 
and non-essentialism. The gospel harp, if 
turned from the high and holy mission, is 
like the ignis-fatuits which lures to destruc- 
tion rather than pointing to rest and safety. 



Four souls united with the people of God 
during the labors of Bro. Edmund Forney 
for the Brethren of the Big Creek church, 
Eichland Co., 111. Bro. Forney had been 
called to that place by the serious illness of 
his aged father, Bro. Micheal Forney, who 
has now, we are glad to learn, nearly recov- 
ered. Bro. Edmund Forney returned home 
Feb, 1, leaving many lasting impressions 
with those for whom he had labored. 



Tas faithful agent, in his arduous work, 
meets with much that is discouraging. One 
of them writes: 

" One brother who does not use tobacco said that 
there is too much in the paper about tobacco, too much 
soliciting for money, and that the paper is too high. 
Brethren, I am glad you do not become irritated. You 
have so many brethren and sisters to preach to, and 
some of us are, spiritually, dyspeptic. I am afraid the 
disease is becoming chronic. Please give us a proper 
dose of spiritual medicine for the above disease. 

s. p." 

As to the tobacco we are all agreed that it 
is, to say the least, useless, but, to our recol- 
lection, nothing has been said in the paper 
against its use, in any way calculated to of- 
fend those habituated to using it. The few 
solicitationi for money certainly should not 
offend any one who has the prosperity of the 
missionary cause at heart. As to the Mes- 
senger being too high in price, we have be- 
fore stated just why the secular paper, filled 
with advertisements, can be furnished much 
cheaper than our paper. Then, too, there are 
the Lord's poor, many of whom receive the 
paper free, and others at greatly reduced 
rates, so that, taking all things in considera- 
tion, we are doing, perhaps, as v/ell as could 
be expected. As to the spiritual medicine, 
we can do no better than to point to the 
Great Physician who alone is able to heal 
the sin-sick soul. The "Balm ofGilead" 
will work wonders if we, in faith and prayer, 
approach the Holy One. 



EDITORIAL CORRESPONDENCE. 



Lower California. 

[Dictated. J 

Before coming to the Pacific Coast we had 
heard much of the agricultural resources, 
and of the genial climate of Lower Califor- 
nia, and after reaching the Golden State, the 
desire to visit and, to some extent at least, 
examine this part of Mexico, grew so 
strong upon our party, that we concluded 
to go down and spy out the land. With 
this purpose in view, we met in San Die- 
go, Jan. 10, from which point a stage line 
runs to Ensenada, the principal city and cap- 
ital of the upper half of the Peninsula. An 
ocean steamer also plies semi-weekly be- 
tween San Diego and the latter place, Bro, 
Brubaker and friends Joseph Stutzman and 
George Vaniman, concluded to go by stage, 
a distance of one hundred and six miles; 
while Bro. Vaniman, Bro. Price, Mr. Fred 
J, Hooper, of England, who had joined our 
party, wife and self, decided in favor of the 
water route. 

We steamed out of the Bay of San Diego 
on a clear, bright morning. The sun shone 
warm, and the air was fresh and balmy. The 
water was calm and smooth, and scarce a rip- 
ple stirred its placid surface, and we all con- 
gratulated ourselves upon a smooth, pleasant 
voyage. Once outside of the harbor, howev- 
er, our hopes were soon dispelled. There 
had been a heavy storm out at sea, and we 
had what the sailors call a regular land swell. 
The billows dashing against the rock-bound 
coasts were thrown off in great swells sea- 
ward. As we steamed directly southward, 
nearly parallel with the shore line, our ship 
was caught in the trough of the sea, and 
rolled back and forth with such violence that 
there seemed at times danger of its going 
over. This was owing partly to the force of 
the waves, and partly to the fact that the 
ship was not properly ballasted. In all of 
our experience of ocean travel, we were nev- 
er on board a vessel that rolled as much as 
did the Monisurrat on this trip from San Di- 
ego to Ensenada. As a result of this tossing 
and rolling of the boat nearly everyone of 
the fifty passengers were seasick, and before 
we reached our destination some of us 
wished we had taken the stage route. Uncle 
Sam suffered most from seasickness. Bro. 
Vaniman also had a new experience in this 
direction, but after it was all over they were 
quite of the opinion that it did them good. 
We reached our destination in the evening, 
and our steamer cast anchor a half mile from 
shore. We were then taken from the ship 
in small boats to the docks, in exactly the 
same manner that we landed at Athens, 
Smyrna and Joppa, on our eastern trip. The 
water was quite rough and the little boats were 
unsteady enough to make us all wish for the 
excellent wharves of the United States, 

To the early Spaniards the great stretch 
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105 



wardly some fifteen hundred or more miles, 
to where Cape St. Lucas marks the extremi- 
ty of the Peninsula, was known as " The Cal- 
ifornia." That portion which forms the 
present State of California was designated 
by them, Upper California, Avhile that por- 
tion lying south and forming the Peninsula, 
and which is now a territory of our sister re- 
public, was called Lower California. It is a 
narrow peninsula, nearly seven hundred miles 
long, separated from the main land by the 
Gulf of California, and has an average width 
of about one hundred miles. 

American enterprise has taken in a large 
portion of the upper half of the Peninsula; 
Recently a company of capitalists purchased 
from the Mexican government about eight- 
een million acres of laud, thus securing the 
control of about all the tillable land in this 
part of Lower California. Bro. Vaniman, in 
his " Chips from the Work-house," will have 
something to say of the general features of 
the country, and we will not extend our de- 
scription. We spent some time driving about 
fcte country, visiting among other places the 
k>wu site of San Carlos. It is beautiful for 
situation, and Col. L. P. Crane, of Chicago, 
the proprietor of San Carlos, has shown ex- 
cellent judgment in the selection of a site for 
the future city, which, he is sure, will grow 
up here in a very few years. 

We had a safe and pleasant voyage on our 
return trip. The day was delightfully warm 
and calm. The sea was smooth and no one 
thought of being seasick. Wo are again at 
Bro, Houser's. Yesterday, Jan. 25, brethren 
Vaniman, Price and Brubaker left us for the 
Baet. Mr. Geo. Vaniman started several 
d&ys ago. We, vv^ith Mr. Sfcutzmau, will re- 
USftia some time longer. 

The weather is warm and pleasant. Yes- 
terday, at one o'clock, the mercury registered 
80 degrees. The mornings and evenings are 
cool enough to make a little fire enjoyable. 
When we read of the cold blizzards that have 
been raging in the North-west during the 
winter, we feel sorry for those who have to 
endure tbem. d. l. m. 



EDITORIAL NOTES. 



We saw, recently, a letter from a brother who 
has been long and sorely aflflicted, and in his 
letter, in referring to his alHiction, he says: 
" I am going to school, and am being taught 
glorious truths, even though the lesson is 
long, and hard, and bitter. I need all the 
discipline, and pray that I may receive it 
with patience and gratitude." We all ought 
to feel that we are scholars, and that we have 
much to learn yet in the various departments 
of Christian life and experience. We, pro- 
bably, ail have much yet to learn in attain- 
ing to true Christian manhood in the exer- 
cise of the passive graces of Christian life, 
such as patience, meekness and contentment. 
We are here reminded of the apostle Paul's 



language, and this itself is a lesson that we 
all should study as a help to a further ad- 
vancement in our studies of those principles 
or graces in a divine life above alluded to: 
" I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, 
therewith to be content. I know both how 
to be abased, and I know how to abound: 
every where and in all things I am instruct- 
ed both to be full and to be hungry, both to 
abound and to suffer need. I can do all 
things through Christ which strengtheneth 
me." Philpp. 4: 11-13. Paul had attained 
to the holy state of sweet contentment. No- 
tice that he says he learned what he knew 
and experienced in the mastery over himself, 
which he had obtained in order that he 
would enjoy the contentment which he seems 
to have enjoyed so much. But while he 
himself studied, and studied hard to learn 
the science of Christian contentment, his 
language implies that he did not attain the 
proficiency which he did by his own strength, 
or application alone, -" I can do all things 
through Christ which strengtheneth me." 
Here is the secret of our success in all our 
studies and in all our work,— " Christ 
strengtheneth me." 

* * - 

It is said that the rumor of war that is 
again producing excitement in Europe, will 
cause the greatest emigration from Germany 
the coming spring, that has ever been wit- 
nessed. The prospect of such an extensive 
emigration being known, difficulties are 
thrown in the way of selling landed and oth- 
er property. The journals publish very dis- 
couraging reports concerning trade and busi- 
ness in America, and the unhappy effects of 
strikes upon foreigners. But the letters 
from the friends in America to their friends 
in Germany counteract, in a great measure, 
the exaggerated reports of troubles in Amer- 
ica, and the people of Germany, having such 
a dread of war as they have, many will, not- 
withstanding the discouraging reports from 
America, seek homes among us to avoid the 
evils of war. 

* *■ 

Plutarch remarks, " It was a shrewd say- 
ing, whoever said it, ' that the man who first 
brought ruin on the Eoman people was he 
who pampered them by largesses and amuse- 
ments.' " The prophet has the following 
language in regard to the ruin of Sodom : 
" Behold, this was the iniquity of thy sister 
Sodom, pride, fulness of bread, and abun- 
dance of idleness was in her and in her 
daughters, neither did she strengthen the 
hand of the poor and needy." Ezek. 16:49. 
Luxury and amusement will destroy the 
church as well as the State. 

* 

* * 

" A good man leaveth an rnJicriUntcc." It 
is implied that a bad man does not leave an 
inheritance. That is, a bad man does not 
leave anything good for his children, or for 



those that come after him. It is probable 
that the inheritance referred to which a good 
man leaves, comprises material good as well 
as spiritual good, for he may leave both. A 
good man will surely leave a spiritual legacy 
to his children and to the world. He offers 
many prayers; and his godly example and 
counsels will be likely to be remembered, and 
that with profit, by some at least. The fol- 
lowing is a saying that has been frequently 
verified : " The third generation shall not pos- 
sess the goods that have been unjustly ac- 
quired." It has often been remarked that 
wealth obtained by the manufacturing and 
selling of intoxicating liquors is not likely 
to continue long in the line of the posterity 
of those who make it or sell it. 



* * 



It has been said that " Were we to take as 
much pains to be what we ought to be-tis we 
do to disguise what we really are, we might 
appear like ourselves without being at the 
t-'ouble of any disguise at all." But why 
should we disguise or conceal our real char- 
acter if it IS not what it should be? Is it be- 
cause such a character is frowned upon by 
the world, or is it because such a character 
is wrong, and because conscience shrinks 
from its exposure? It is probable that the 
last reason is a true one, and if the voice of 
conscience were listened to, nothing would 
be indulged in or done that is wrong, 

* 
* * 

Seneca was one of the best moralists that 
heathen Eome ever produced. He lived 
some little time before Christ. High as he 
was held for the moral precepts which he 
taught, he pleads for, and justifies suicide in 
the following terms: " If thy mind be melan- 
choly, and in misery, thou mayest put a pe- 
riod to this wretched condition. Wherever 
tliou lookest there is an end to it. See that 
precipice; there thou mayest have liberty. 
Seest thou that sea, that river, that well? 
Liberty is at the bottom of it. Thatlitiie 
tree? Freedom hangs upon it. Thy oun 
neck, thy own throat, may be a refuge to thee 
from such servitude; yea, every vein ^f thy 
body." Such was the low estimate in which 
life was held by one of the greatest heathen 
moralists. Life was but little understood liy 
the heathen world. But since life and im- 
mortality have been brought to light. by the 
gospel, clearer views of life obtain, and it is 
to be held sacred, and to terminate it by a 
suicidal act, is a great crime. Then we have 
in Christianity a source of comfort that the 
heathen had not, and by resorting to that for 
comfort, we shall be sustained in the suffer- 
ings of life, and even comforted in them. 
" Blessed be God, even the Father of our 
Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, 
and the God of all comfort ; who comforteth 
us in all our tribidation, that we maybe able 
to comfort them which arc in any trouble, by 
the comfort wherewith we ourselves are com- 
forted of God." 2Cor. 1:3, 4. J. Q. 



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! Mil. i^rOSPKI, M KS^^KN<3■>?iK 



Feb. 14, 1888. 



-V(/^«\> from our ('<n'i'csp(/n<lents. 



A- I' 'Id \\:itfr is to u tliirsty soul, so is ^I'oii 1U'« s 
from :i far counfry." 



— i^K'. .1. I'. Veck. of Linooh), Xebr.. 
vouKl like Bid. -U^hu Forney to exphiin 
Avbat is meant by proj)besyiiig, in 1 Cor. II: 
4. -3. Does tliis pabSHge alliulf only to fore- 
telling future evt'iits? ^ 

-Bro. i). \\ . \Vagouer wislies as to state 
tUat the artiele. • Is there a Certain Form of 
Drees Tanght iu the Bible?" was written by 
/^. W. and not A. V»'. Wagoner, as there 
?tatei.l. 

-Bro. 11. b. bhreve, of Waterford, InJ., 
desires some further explanation of some as- 
sertions in Messengek No. '..'<. tirst page, 
third column. He wants to know whether', 
"To-day thou shalt be," and "To-day shalt , 
thou be," refei-ring to Christ's piomise to 
the thief on tbe cross, mean exactly the same. 
If not, how are we to construe this pas- 
sage? And should we cliauge the position 
of tlie words, as was done in the article 
above referred to? 

—Bro. -Tames lb Gish makes the following 
liberal oli'er: "Any of the brethren ajid sis- 
ters who feel so disposed, may send one dol- 
lar to the Messengep. office and get seven 
copies of the pampldet, ' Babylon and Christ,' 
ia leatherette binding. This woik contains 
aboxrt 79 pages. Send all orders and money 
for the above to the office of the Messenger. 
The proceeds from sales as above will be 
used in missionary work. All the orders 
that I tilled previously should be settled for 
with me by remitting to Stuttgart, Ark." 

— The reaper " Death '" has been at work 
in the family of our dear brother, James T. 
Qainlan, of Baltimore. He says: " Our lit- 
tle adopted son, Frank, died after a linger- 
ing illjiess of six weeks. We buried him at 
Waynesboro, Pa., Dec. 27. Frank, though 
only about seven years old, was an intelli- 
gent child, with more than ordinary gifts. 
He would entertain my wife l)y the hour, 
telling her of Jesus, the angels and heaven. 
He seemed to have dark forebodings of his 
approaching end, selecting his coffin and lo- 
cation of grave, previous to his departure. 
May God sanctify this dispensation of Prov- 
idence to our good." 

Sister Elizaljeth Tatlin writes from Har- 
risonville, Cass Co., Mo., as follows: " Nov. 
2^1 we met Ht the house of Bro. Jacob Kirch- 
er for the purpose of organizing a church. 
We organized with sixteen members, but 
there are five or six more in the county who 
expect to \>f; with us. Brethren C. Holder- 
man and J. M. Mohler were the elders pres- 
ent We elected a full corps of ofiicers, ex- 
cept a ministei'. We chose Bro. P. S. Gar- 
man for our elder. After we were organized, 
it was uuaiiimoubly agreed that we would 
have a love-f'^^ast the same evening, at the 
same place, and 1 believe I speak the senti- 
ments of all M hen I say it was a love-feast in 
its fullest sense. If any one wants to work 
for the Lord, they can not find a better field 
than right here in Harrisonville. The name 
pf our church is the Eight Mile church." 



Sister Sarah A. Nininger writes from 
Ashland, dackson Co.. Oregon, as follows: 
"The churcli is iu love and union, anil mov- 
ing along slowly, but we still iiope for n 
brighter futuie. We hope our Eastern 
brethren v.iil not forget us when they are 
traveling ..West. Those that have gone to 
Califorina should visit us before returning 
East." 

-Bro. P. J. Baltimort?, 'of Albany, Linn 
Co., Oregon, under date of Jan. 21, Avrites: 
"We met in council to-day, and among other 
things decided to hold a series of meetings, 
commencing Tuesday evening, Feb. 21. We 
have meetings only once a month, in our 
meeting-house, on account of our ministerial 
help being limited. Wo would be very glad 
if Ave could have some good minister come 
and locate among us. There could be a great 
work done here in Oregon. 1 am sure there 
are plenty of ministers in the East, who, if 
they would come and spejid just one winter 
here in the Willamette Valley, would never 
want to leave it." 

— Bro. Jacob G. Steel, of Hopewell, Bed- 
ford Co., Pa, says: " Abraham was an exam- 
ple to all the l)elieving children of God. 
When he got a command that he should 
leave his father's house, his kindred, his 
country, and shouhl go into a strange coun- 
try that he should possess, he evidently went 
without consulting Hesh and blood. So now 
the Lord Jesus Christ calls to the whole 
world to come and obey. Look at the prom- 
ise! This promise is to you and your chil- 
dren, and all that are afar off, even as many 
as the Lord, our God, shall call. Now look 
what Abraham obtained! The call to the 
world is, ' Repent from deadworks, be bap- 
tized for the remission of your sins, and 
start out like Abraham! He did not know 
what he would meet Avitl), but was deter- 
mined to go through, though he had the 
privilege to go back. So, brother, if you 
meet with troubles and trials on the way, 
don't go back. You have this promise, that 
all that we meet with will be for our good." 

— Bro. Jacob Etter, of the English lliver ' 

church, Iowa, writes: " Wo had a series of 

meetings last fall, and the home ministers 

expect to start a series of meetings in the 

near future. Meetings of that kind might ' 

be a power for good if all the members of ■ 

the congregation would work together. We 

all must engage in Christian work in order j 

to grow in grace. The bodily exercise of 

one man does not benefit another, neither 

will tlje spiritual exercise of (me person ; 

i build u]j the soul of another. We have four | 

I speakers in this ai-in of the rhurcli, and ' 

I thus are well prepared to battle foi- the Lord, ' 

i but 1 think all our ministejs could do more 

1 for the Lord if they would scatter out more. ■ 

j As ' Farmer John' has it, too many get on 

one row, and leave other parts lay idle. Let 

only one minister be at each meeting. With 

the assistance of the deacons, the meetings 

would get along very well. Where there are 

several preachers in a congregation, there is 

no reason why there should not be as many 

meetings aw there nre preachei'H," 



-Bro. A. .). Nickey, of the Oakley church,. 
Macoupin Co., Ill, under date of Feb. 1,, 
Avrites: " Eld. .John Barnhart, of Manstield, 
III, came here ..ian 21, and preached until 
last evening, encouraging saints and warn- 
ing sinners. One was baptized," 

-Sister Ella Bussard suggests the follow- 
ing: "A very novel society which has been 
started in England is called ' The Speak-No- 
Evil Society.' Its members are enjoined, 
before speaking evil of any one, to ask them- 
selves these questions: Is it true? Is it 
kind? Is it necessary? Were the entire 
church to adhere to these rules, I think it 
would not require more than one month till 
we could feel the effects in the atmosphere 
around us. Nothing is accomplished with- 
out some effort. 1 am, going to try, and try 
again. How many will join in with me?" 

CORRESPONDENCE. 

"Writ© what thou seeat, and send it nnto the cliarchee." 

From Bear Creek Church, Ind. 

Bug. Mautix L. Haun came to us Jan, 6. 
We had a good meeting that evening iu 
Portland. Next day we met in council, but 
owing to the inclemency of the weather, there 
were but few in number. Our meeting was 
pleasant, and one long to be remembered. 
Saturday evening and Sunday we had meet- 
ing at our regular meeting places. Sunday 
evening we commenced meeting in the house 
of our Metliodist friends. Here our brother 
labored under great disadvantages. The 
roads were quite rough and the measles rag- 
ed in that vicinity, yet our meetings were 
richly enjoyed by all present. The meetings 
closed Friday evening. 

We had meeting Saturday evening and 
Sunday, in Portland. Sunday evening we 
had a chihlren's meeting, which was largely 
attended by young and old. The dear chil- 
dren, with sparkling eyes and beaming coun- 
tenances, eagerly drank in every word that 
was spoken, with their hearts, seemingly, full 
to overflowing. We thought of the language 
of our blessed Savior, " Suffer little children 
to come unto mo, and forbid them not, for of 
such is the kingdom of heaven." 

From here our brother Avent to the north- 
western part of our district, about nine miles 
from Portland. Wo had crowded houses. 
The bes^t of order and attention prevailed 
here, and, surely, the Lord was with us. 

Bro. Hahn held forth the Word Avith poAv- 
er and in its purity. Saints received neAv 
strength to their souls; sinners trembled, and 
nine made the good confession and Avere bap- 
tized. 

The meetings continued until Jan. 2-1. We 
held H social meeting Avith an aged sister, 
Avho Avas unable to go to the house of the 
Lord. It afforded her much pleasure, and 
Avith tears streaming doAvn her cheeks she 
said a feAv words for Jesus. 

We also had meeting Avith a dear afflicted 
brother, who has been unable to leave the 
house for months. Although our brother 
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suflfered excruciating misery, he eujoyed the 
meeting as ouly the thirsty soul can, while 
we rejoiced in the blessed thought that in 
heaven there are no afflicted ones. No sick- 
ness, sorrow, pain or death, can enter there, 
and God will wipe away all tears. 

We think that ofttimes the dear compan- 
ions and families of our ministering brethren 
are somewhat forgotten. Oh, think of the 
many, many long and lonesome hours they 
spend, in the absence of father and husband ! 
May God ever bless and strengthen them, 
that they, with us all, may ever live so as to 
be graciously remembered in that Great Day, 
when he shall gather his jewels home! 

MaKY C. GARBElt. 



er by boat 75 miles to Ensenada. Here and 
in surrounding country we spent four days. 
Ensenada is a town of about 1,000 inhabi- 
tants, on Santos Todos Bay, and is the cap- 
ital of the Territory. The governor was ex- 
pected the next day, the soldiers having ar- 
rived the day before our departure. 

We think the soil and climate here quite 
similar to the parts visited in Southern Cal- 
ifornia. There are bleak-looking mountains 



The Brethren wielded the Sword of the 
Spirit with power, and I hope the seed that 
was sown will bring forth a copious increase 
in the future. We held our love-feast 
on the 7th; it was a feast indeed. Bro. Ma- 
son intends to locate with us, and help to 
build up the cause of Christ. Who will do 
likewise? Where there are several elders in 
one church, some might go and preach for 
thoee isolated churches. We also expect au- 



Frora North Manchester Church, Ind. 

AccOHDiNG to previous arrangements, Bro. 
John H. Miller, of Milford, Ind., came to us, 
Jan, 10, and remained until the 24th. His stay 
among us was one of pleasure as well as 
profit to us all. Not only was this meeting a 
feast to our souls, but the angels of heaven 
were made to rejoice, because another soul 
was born into the kingdom. One young in 
years was made to see the necessity of bow- 
ing to the obligations of a holy life and of 
putting on the Lord Jesus Christ in the or- 
dinance of baptism. During Bro. Miller's 
stay with us he held three day-meetings, — 
one for the children and two for the benefit 
of old people, who conld not well attend serv- 
ices at night. Let us all profit by the in- 
struction received, and pray God to lead us 
in the path of virtue and knowledge, and 
preserve u'^ blameless unto his coming. 

Albert AVright. 



with rich valleys between, awaiting only the j other minister from Illinois in a few days,— 
energies of the enterprising husbandman to I Bro. Fansler. John Amop. 

cause them to yield abundantly the products \ ^. 

of earth. From Back Creek Church, Kans. 

Our entire party returned to San Diego on j — 

the boat. We had a calm sea and a pleasant | Bro. J. S. Mohler, from the Pony Creek 
ride of about seven hours under the Mexican \ church, and our home minister, E. Cober, 
riag, when we again stepped on American I held a series of meetings for us, which lasted 
soil. We are now, Jan. 23, again at Covina, \ about two weeks. At first the weather was 
waiting for the rain to cease, so we can make \ extremely cold and rough, but the house was 
further investigations. Yesterday we had a | filled to its utmost capacity. There was 
large attendance at church, both morning I good attention by all. Bro. Mohler's preach- 
and evening, to hear Bro. Miller speak on ' ing was solid truth, and we know the seed 



Bible Lands and the corroborating testimony 
thereby thrown upon the Bible narratives. 

Dakiel Vaniman. 



Chips from the Work-House. 

AlTER visiting various localities in South- 
ern California, in company with Bro. Houser, 
and holding a week's meetings at Covina, 
our company met at San Diego, en route for 
Lower California and Mexico, Jan. 10. Here 
we tarried four days, sight-seeing and gath- 
ering general information bearing upon our 
l)usiuess. We had the privilege of reading 
the Constitution of Mexico in English. It 
consists of 128 articles, and was adopted Feb. 
12,1857. Article 5 reads: "Nobody can be 
obliged to give his personal labor without a 
just recompense and without his full con- 
sent. The law cm not authorize any con- 
tract which has for its object the loss or the 
irretrievable sacrifice of the liberty of man; 
whether through the cause of labor, educa- 
tion or religious vow. Neither can contracts 
be authorized in which a man agrees to his 
conscription or exile." 

Bro. Miller and I«il8o visited the Mexican 
uonsul at San Diego, in order to obtain cor- 
rect information about the titles of the land 
on the peninsula, and the rights of colonists 
in taking necessary material from the United 
States into Mexico, free of duty, etc. We 
found him a very polite and affable Mexican, 
who could speak English plainly, and ready 
to impart any information requested. At 
San Diego our party again separated, one 
party going by stage 100 miles, and the oth- 



From Mineral Creek, 111, 

Jan. 7, Bro. Lewis W. Teeter, of Indiana, 
came to us and continued meetings until the 
night of the 22nd. This Avas one of the hap- 
piest seasons of our life. For a time it was 
like going to school, learning the spiritual 
lessons of the gospel, and elevating our af- 
fections above the perishing things of earth. 
How dull we poor disciples do get, — not ap- 
preciating the worth — because of not under- 
standing the riches embodied in the faith we 
profess! How necessary and profitable such 
seasons are, in atfording the means to en- 
large spiritual knowledge and to gather 
spiritual strength! The soul whose aspira- 
tions are not elevated, and whose aims are 
not raised to a higher plane of life by such 
meetings, is to be pitied. Boasting is ex- 
cluded, but we feel encouraged, because of 
the benefits resulting from the seasons of 
worship we enjoyed. We feel assured that 
the entire community was benefitted and the 
church strengthened. The seed was sown, — \ 
"O what will the harvest be!" The Lord I 
preserve our dear brother 



was sown on good ground and will sooner or 
later spring forth and grow. There were no 
immediate additions during the meetings, 
but there are those whom we know are very 
near, and about ready to come, and hope the}' 
will come before it is too late. Bro. Mohler 
seems to know just what kind of food is 
necessary for both young and old. The 
church is in peace and love. May the Lord 
be with us ani guide us through life! 

E. J. Beeghly. 



From Beaver Creek Church. Va, 



Ox Thursday evening, Dec. 22, the writer 
began a meeting at the Franklin meeting- 
house, in this congregation. Bro. J. B. 
Wrightsman joined us on Saturday night 
following. The meetings were continued un- 
til Friday night, Dec. 30. Owing to the 
heavy snow and rain-fall, the meetings were 
suspended. There were two applicants f r r 
baptism. Marked attention and intercf^t 
prevailed. The members were much encou » 
aged, and their places were seldom vacant. 
Many regrets were expressed that the meet- 
ings had not continued longer. 

To-morrow evening we will begin meetiu;.': 
at Dry River church, several miles north- 
blameless unto j west of this point. J. W. Click. 



the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ! 
the sower and the reaper will rejoice togeth 
er, bringing their sheaves with them. 

S. S. Mohler. 



Bridgewater, Va.. Jan. 4, ISSS. 



From Mountain Grove Church, Texas Co., Mo. 



Brethken William Harvey and George 
Barnhart, of Jasper Co., Mo., and J. Y. Ma- 
son and J. P. Harris, o? Newton Co., Mo., 
came to our place Sept. 2, and commenced ; trust tliere are mor 



From McPherson, Kan. 

At thi.s writing, we are in the midst of a 
very interesting series of meetings, conduct- 
ed by our home ministers, M. M. Eshelman 
and F. H. Bradley. LTp to this time, twt) 
young men liave come out on the side of the 
Lord, and said they were tired of sin. We 
, amnug their associates. 



meeting. We had oixr council-meeting Sept. ; who are counting the cost. We have the 



6. A good deal of business came before the 
church, but all passed oft' to the satisfaction 
of most of the members. The church saw 
proper to advance Bro. Joseph Atkins to the 
second degree of the ministry. AVe had no 
immediate accessions, but we feel that the 
church has been built up and sinners warned. 



best of order, and good congregations. This 
was the first series of meetings the Brethren 
have held here in town. Our doctrine is new 
to many, but their good t.ondact and atten- 
tion are commendable. We hope to rppnrt 
other good results at the close of our meet~ 



Pray for us! 



E. W, Slusher. 



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McPherson. Kans.. Notes. 



We started from Mt. Morris, 111., Feb. 2, 
iu a sleigh, the suow being about two feet 
Jeep. We boarded the Iraiu at Oregon, Ills , 
were joined by Mr. Elmer Miller, of Frank- 
lin Grove, and on the ord inst. Avero in Mo- 
Phersoji. The contrast between the olimate 
and appearance of Illinois and Kansas, is 
great. On our arrival we found no snow at 
all, and the farmers plowing. Several men 
were even making their hot-beds iu a garden. 

We found the carpenters at work on the 
college dormitory in full force. A number 
of new buildings are being commenced on 
the college grounds this week. A Kansas 
City firm will establish a lumber yard on the 
grounds, and make lumber convenient. 

We counted nearly one hundred lots sold 
during the month, of January, and found Ihe 
interest increasing. 

On Saturday we had our quarterly council. 
Everything passed off iu love and harmony. 
The next council was appointed to be held in 
the college buildings, which wo think will 
then be sutticieutly advanced to be utilized. 

Yesterday, Feb. 5, the ministers paired ofF, 
and had preaching at six different i^lacee. 

" What are you going to do with so many 
preachers at McPherson? "' some ask. Why, 
have a preaching station for each one, of 
course. We could have twenty stations now 
if we had the preachers to fill them. The 
meetings are continued in town, with a good 
interest. S. Z. Sharp. 



G. W. Aunon, Jan. 23, we went to the Beth- 
any church and baptized three. We tender 
thanks to all the dear brethren and sisters 
for the kindness shown us. May we all meet 
in heaven! I arrived home Jan. 2(5; found 
all well ior which we thank God! 

Eld. David J. Miller. 



From Baltimore, Md. 



From Over Hill. Upshur Co , W. Va. 



I STARTED to Marion county to hold a se- 
ries of meetings with the Bethany congrega- 
tion. I began meetings Dec. 31, at the 
Brethren's uieeting-house, and continued till 
Jan. 12, with tolerable fair attendance, con- 
sidering the bad weather. The Methodists 
had a protracted meeting going on in the 
neighborhood. Eld. Z. Anoon was with us 
daring part of our ineetiugp. Bro. Annon 
liaB charge of this congregation. He lives 
in Taylor county, in the Thornton congrega- 
tion. The Betliany church is in better order 
than any church I know of, west of the Alle- 
Kbauy mountains-. They are not ashamed of 
their profession. The sisters all appear with 
the propf r covering. This we greatly ad- 
mire. Seven persons made afjplication for 
membership; one was baptized, and others 
were almost persuaded to become Christians. 

On the evening of Jan. 12, we began a 
jneeting at Thornton, Taylor Co., \V. Va., at 
the home of Bro. Z. .A.nnon. The attendance 
was gofjd, considering bad weather. There 
was a great deal of sickuf-ss in the neighbor- 
hood. Bro. Anuon's wife was Cjuite sick and 
under the care of the doctor, but improving 
somewhat at the close of the meeting. Our 
meeting ch>bed Jan. 22, with three applicants 
and two reclaimed. As we left, Jan. 23, the 
Bretlnen were resorting to the water, to at- 
t-p-nd to baptism. 

While we were at this place, we got a let- 
ter to return to the Bethany church to bap- 
tize some persons. In company with Bro. 



Having occupied 1317 Light St., one 
month rent free, we now have rented it at 
S14 per month; S7 to be paid out of the con- 
tributions. We could have occupied it long- 
er, free of rent, but the chances were it might 
be rented and the girls Avould have no place 
to meet. Bro. J. S. Oiler has taken my 
house next door. Our rent, in the near fut- 
ure, will be, for both houses, $14,— $7 apiece. 
I have been at home, — sick, — nearly a week. 
The school is iu a prosperous condition, 
numerically. We have over 200 boys and 
girls. Our landlord said he would give us a 
donation every month and sell us a lot cheap. 
Lots can be bought cheaper near the river. 

Jesse Beaucharap, Walter Hayward and 
John E. Hooe want to go to the Huntingdon 
Normal, next term. These boys, like the one 
that is there, the school can be proud of. 
We hope the Brethren will give them a lift 
as they will fill an important place in the 
church. 

Among the offerings we received since 
Thanksgiving, the most acceptable one was 
the services of our esteemed sister Fannie I. 
Ecker, of the Beaver Dam church, Frederick 
Co., Md. She complied with Rom. 12: 1. 
She united with the church several months 
ago. Her amiable disposition and simplici- 
ty attracted and won for her many warm 
friends iu South Baltimore. She is here at- 
tending the State Normal School and will 
graduate in the spring or fall. She boards 
at 416 North Green St., Baltimore, Md. 

Sister Fannie 1. Ecker assumed the teach- 
ing of the girls on Lord's Day, Dec. 11, 1887, 
at 4 P. M., with seventy-five girls, iu our 
basement. Dec. 18 and 25 we had no school, 
owing to sickness and death of our dear lit- 
tle adopted son, Frank. On Jan. 1, 1888, we 
had a mixed school, — boys and girls togeth- 
er. Sister Fannie was at her home iu Fred- 
erick county, during the Holidays, but Jan. 
8th she was at her post again in the base- 
ment, with more girls than she could accom- 
modate. Brethren, pray that the Lord 
might open a way for sister Linda Cupp to 
come and assist. Matt. 9: 37, 38. The thought 
then occurred to me, What had I best do for 
more room? While at work on Tuesday, 
Jan. 10, I prayed that the Lord would direct 
me what to do, and as quick as thought I re- 
membered that our next-door neighbor had 
moved. I went to the telephone and called 
my landlord, asking him for the use of the 
vacant house until he could get a tenant. He 
gave it rent free. I am glad we now have a 
place for the girls, as my wife was put to so 
much trouble on Sundays by using the base- 
ments for meetings. As it is our kitchen, 
everything but the stove had to be moved 
out, and four or five dozen chairs put in. 



These chairs were stowed a^vay during the 
week, in the summer kitchen, and by the 
time we got them back, it made supper Tery 
late. I think the Lord's Day should be kept 
sacred, but this was a work of necessity. The 
boys' benches and chairs did not have to be 
moved, neither will the girls' in the future. 
You can see what sacrifices my wife has had 
to make, at times. Our work is better known 
in Baltimore now. A lady of means and cult- 
ure gave me $1.00, and said I was doing a 
good work. James T. Quinlan. 



From Mt. Pleasant Church, Ohio. 



We commenced meetings in the above- 
named church, Thursday, Jan. 19, and con- 
tinued till the evening of the 30th. The at- 
tendance was good, and the interest increased 
until the close. The above-named church is 
surrounded by other denominations, but, by 
the help of God and the co-operation of the 
members, the waters were troubled, and five 
precious souls were buried beneath the liquid 
wave, and one is yet an applicant. Eld. Con- 
rad Kahler has the oversight of the church. 
His co-laborers are his son, John Kahler, and 
brethren "/acob Weirich and Clapper. 

The church is in a prosperous condition. 
How pleasant it is for members to dwell to- 
gether in unity! We are informed that 
Christ, upon one occasion, could not do a 
mighty work because of the unbelief of oth- 
ers; if he could not, how can we do a great 
work, if we are cold and unbelieving? Where 
there is union, strong faith and expectation 
among Christians, a mighty wor,k is always 
done. 

Dear brethren and sisters, let us all wake 
up to the fact that we have a mission in the 
world! Christ came on a mission, and if we 
are in possession of his spirit, we are nais- 
sionaries too. Are we not willing to take 
the torch of salvation, and lend a helping 
hand to others? If we cannot do some great 
thing, can we not be a little spring by the 
mountain side, and give each weary an4 
thirsty traveler who comes along, a cup of 
cold water? God will look upon it with sp-' 
probation ! 

While I labored in the above-named church, 
I had my home with Bro. John Miller. I 
cannot express enough gratitude for the kind- 
ness shown me by that family. May we fi- 
nally be so happy as to meet, one and all, 
around the home circle in the haven of rest^ 
where partings are known no more forever! 

Silas Hooveb. 

Thornville, Ohio. 



From Big Creek Church, Richland Co., 111. 

Early in the morniag of Dec. 31, 1887, 
our esteemed Elder, Michael Forney, was 
taken quite ill, being afflicted, as we 
thought, by a slight stroke of palsy. As he 
remained quite poorly, he requested to be 
anointed, which was attended to by the 
Brethren. Still continuing poorly, he re- 
quested that his sou, Bro. Edmund Forney, 
of Polo, 111., be dispatched for. Bro, Edmund 
heeded the call at once, and soon after his 
arrival his father began to grow better. 



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While Bro. Edmund was here, avb conclud- 
ed to hold a series of meetings, and he ex- 
pressed his willingness to labor for us. He 
delivered seventeen discourses in all,— one 
a funeral discourse of a child and three 
strictly doctrinal discourses. As an imme- 
diate result four of the most promising 
young people came forward, and were re- 
ceived into the church by baptism. Bro. 
Michael Forney was able to attend some 
of the meetings before they closed. 

During the meetings the attendance was 
not large, but a good interest was manifested. 
The members were greatly encouraged, and 
many deep and lasting impressions were 
made. To-day Bro. Forney starts for Jiome. 
May God's richest blessings accompany him ! 

Geo. W. Eavey. 

Calhoun, 111., Feb. 1. 

.From Back Creek Church, Franklin Co , Pa, 

The day before New Year, Bro. Gaunt, of 
Frederick, Md., came among us and in the 
evening commenced a series of meetings at 
Upton meeting-house. He continued until 
the evening of the 15th. The atteudfince 
and attention were excellent. Two were con- 
vinced of their error, and were added 
to the church by baptism. Tliis caused us j 
to lift up thankful hearts to the great Giver i 
of all good. The church Jias been much I 
benefited, and united more closely in tiie : 
bonds of Christian love and sympathy. 

Daring the meetings there was an election \ 
held for two deacons. The lot fell on Bro.' 
Geo. Diehl and Bro. David Hollinger. We ! 
have faithful and noble-hearted ministers 
here, who are earnestly laboring to guide the 
good ship Zion through the troubled waters 
to the fair haven of endless rest. We think, ; 
with the hearty co-operation of the faithful, | 
they will succeed. From here Bro. Gaunt '\ 
went to the Falling Springs congre- j 
gation, where he commenced a meeting on 
the evening of the 18th. Our best wishes ' 
accompany him. B. L. 

From Sandy Church. Ohio. I 

The good cause of our blessed Master is j 
still prospering with ut!. During the past j 
year a number of precious souls have been \ 
gather>"(l into the fold of Chritt. For this 
we thank God and take courage. Jan. 15 we i 
commenced a series of meetings. Our wor- j 
thy brother, Keuben Shroyer, came and la- i 
bored for us. Truly we must say he is an 
earnest worker, and shuns not to declare the I 
gospel of Christ. There were no immediate 
accessions to the church, but we trust there 
will be an ingathering of souls ere long. 
How sad to think that many are standing so 
' near the kingdom, yet do not enter, — so near 
the ark of God's mercy, yet outside. To all 
such we say, Grieve not the Spirit by whom 
yo\i are saved, but open the door of your 
hearts to the gentle j)leadings of a loving 
Savior, before the day of grace is past, 
and accept the easy terms of salvation. 
There can be no real happiness in this life 
unless we have the hope of everlasting life 
within our hearts. The brethren and sisters 



have been much encouraged and revived 
during the meetings. The interest was good 
throughout. Our house was well filled the 
last few evenings with anxious hearers, but 
our dear brother's health failed, and he 
could no longer remain with us. We trust 
he will speedily be restored to good health, 
that he may again resume his work for the 
Master, and be the means of bringing many 
into the fold of Christ. We closed on the 
evening of the 22nd. Dear brethren and 
sisters, may we all go forward in the divine 
life, and finally, when the Master calls, be 
found faithful! Ella Clement. 

Norih Georgeioivn, O. 

From New Haven Church, Mich. 

This church is moving on smoothly. We 
expect to hold a series of meetings in the 
near future. Brethren Fryfogle and Isaac 
Rairigh are expected to do the preaching. 
To-day our church was called together to 
jjay the last tribute of respect to old Bro. 
Joseph Wiles, Sr., the pioneer member of 
the I^ew Haven church, and also the first 
member in Central Michigan. Father Wiles 
came to these parts in the spring of 1855, 
and, therefore, saw a great deal of pioneer 
life, going many times fifty or sixty miles to 
attend communion seasons with those of like 
precious faith. He ever stood firm to his 
poet, but now his labors are over. May his 
wife, who survives him, live to meet him in 
that great reunion on the other shore! May 
the children remember the counsel of their 
dear father! Geo. E. Stone. 



From Floyd Co., Va. 

Jan. 20, Bro. Harvey Weddle, in company 
with C. D. Hylton, of the village of Hylton, 
left their homes for a certain school-house 
where the Biethren were wont to preach. 
The hour for services was drawing near, 
when Bro. Jeremiah Slusher made his ap- 
pearance and labored with the Brethren. 
Bro. Harvey Weddle delivered a discourse 
on the mammon of unrighteousness. Next 
day the Brethren had worship morning and 
evening. Many gathered to hear what these 
servants had to say, and some believed on 
the Lord. The brethren waxed bold and 
tarried there seven days, and preached nine 
times. Among those who believed was one 
twelve years and one about sixteen yeai-s old. 
During these services eighteen souls made 
the good choice. During the last three 
months the Lord has added fifty-seven to 
our congregation. * * * 

From Manor Hill. Pa. 

This date still finds us under the kind 
care of our friends in Pennsylvania. We 
are enjoying many pleasant visits. A few 
Sundays ago we attended preachin-? at the 
Spring Run church. We missed many dear 
ones with whom we used to worship, but as 
we climbed the hill to the graveyard, we 
found them silently sleeping beneath the 
cold sod. We could only read the inscrip- 



tions carved on the monuments. Oh, the 
sadness of death! Hoav we should strive to 
work for our Master so that we may die the 
death of the righteous! We had the pleas- 
ure of attending some meetings at the Dry 
Valley church, and were made happy to meet 
our aged brother, Jacob Mohler, and wife. 
They seem to be waiting their call, " Come 
up higher." We are having an interesting 
series of meetings at this place. This is a 
branch of the Spring Run church. Bro. 
James Sell came to u.s Jan. 25; he will stay 
imtil Feb. 13. Bro. James is doing his part 
faithfully, and it will remain with us to make 
an application of what is presented to us. 
We desire the prayers of the righteous that 
good may be done in the name of Jesus! 
Mary S. and J. P. Haeshbarger. 



Another Good Meeting in Old Botetourt. 

On Sunday, Jan. 15, Bro. S. F. Sanger, of 
Bridgewater, commenced a meeting at Lay- 
man's mee